As a multi-site organization we recognise our responsibilities in tackling climate change and are working hard to reduce our carbon footprint despite the challenges of an expanding estate. Our aim is to reduce carbon emissions by 40% by 2020, against our 2005 baseline, and we are now upgrading our Carbon Management Plan and seeking funds for new low carbon projects.

We’ve made solid progress so far:

  • Our scope 1 and 2 emissions* reduced by 24.3% from 2005-06 to 2014-15
  • Over 1,100 tonnes of CO2 saved annually – the average emissions of over 200 houses
  • Reductions in scope 3* emissions from waste and water have exceeded initial targets
  • An estimated £245,000 saved on utility bills compared to ‘business as usual’

*Scope 1 – direct emissions e.g. from gas and oil combustion for heat and hot water.

*Scope 2 – indirect emissions e.g. from the purchase of grid electricity.

*Scope 3 – indirect emissions from transport, waste, water consumption and procurement.

We assess our % total carbon emissions (scope 1, 2, and 3) arising from the provision of in-house and externally provided residential accommodation for staff and students. In 2015/16 this was 6.6%.

As well as working towards our scope 1 and 2 emissions targets, we are working to drive down scope 3 emissions from our supply chain, through consistent implementation of the sustainability requirements in our Procurement Strategy.

Energy & Carbon

We’ve achieved this by:

  • LED lighting in halls – 2012 trials at Park Campus showed 30% lower energy use and consumption, savings over £500 in 6 months and 2 year payback on installation costs
  • Over 500m2 of solar PV panels – 64kw solar PV array at Oxstalls and 4kw solar PV array at Park Campus on Challinor halls of residence
  • Building energy management – we installed sub metering in 2011, to guide refurbishment and efficiency initiatives, control temperature and humidity remotely, and use voltage optimisation system to lower supply of grid electricity, to operate lights and appliances with maximum efficiency
  • Increasing our efficiency – efforts to monitor usage patterns and reduce energy use across our buildings, increase energy efficiency and optimise space use

Help us achieve even more:

  • Switch things off – consumption of electricity and heating fuel accounts for 98% of our scope 1 and 2 emissions, and costs the university over £750,000 annually.
  • Adjust office temperatures – the Carbon Trust recommends a comfortable working temperature of no more than 21 degrees.
  • Choose low carbon travel options – avoid the car where possible and travel smarter, on foot, by bike, bus or public transport.

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