Energy and carbon

The University is committed to achieving net zero carbon by 2030. We currently use over 80 million kilowatt hours of energy annually. Our focus is on reducing our demand for energy, whilst increasing the proportion generated by renewables.

Energy Policy

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Net zero carbon

In 2020, the University committed to reaching net zero in its scope 1 & 2 emissions by 2030. An 8 point plan has been developed, aiming to reduce the University's total energy demand whilst transitioning over to renewable energy. Our innovative plan has been recognised nationally, with the University being classes as 'leading the way' by the Carbon Target rankings

Our 8 point plan

Taking action

We have been actioning our 8 point plan on a number of fronts: 

  • Data from our metering system is being used to prioritise action on energy intensive areas. We're also using this data to investigate how better building management system control can improve heating, ventilation and air conditioning.
  • We are using tried and tested technologies such as LED lighting to cut electricity use whilst ensuring our heating and cooling systems are effectively controlled based on internal and external air temperatures.
  • Half of the University’s Stag Hill campus is supplied from a district heating system. As a result, we're consulting on how best to replace its combined heat and power unit.
  • We're supporting the integration of research projects for energy reduction on campus, and are developing campaigns to encourage more energy efficient behaviours within our University community. 

Scope 3 emissions

In 2023, the University mapped its scope 3 emissions, and are now working to set a separate target. 

More information on the University's different emissions, and our plan to achieve net zero carbon, can be found in our energy policy