Carbon and Energy
We are cutting carbon emissions to become a more energy efficient University
The University has a long-standing commitment to reducing carbon emissions across its world class teaching and research activities. The result of this has been significant investment and a carbon reduction programme recognised for its impact by a number of national and international awards.
We are building on this success with the launch of an ambitious new carbon target - instead of our previous goal of cutting emissions by 33% by 2021, we are now committed to reducing them 50% from their peak by 2030.
For an overview of the steps we are taking to be more energy efficient please view our Carbon Management Strategy and Carbon Management Plan to the right. Activities range from installing solar panels and adding extra insulation to buildings to replacing particularly power-hungry equipment like ultra-low temperature freezers.
What we are doing
Did you know?
100% of the electricity purchased by the University is from windpower.
We have developed a Carbon Reduction Programme to encourage energy efficient practices and to deliver emission reducing projects across the University estate. A significant annual budget has been allocated in support of the programme which involves working closely with departments to achieve our target.
The Carbon Reduction Programme covers a wide range of projects and engagement activities with a focus on:
Funding may be available for carbon reduction projects and you can apply for this by contacting the Environmental Sustainability team.
Projects will need to meet stringent criteria and will be considered in terms of wider programmes of work to ensure best value.
To qualify for full funding, a project should have a business case that demonstrates a strong return on investment and which also clearly quantifies the tonnes of carbon emissions which will be saved. Where projects do not meet requirements, there may be part-funding opportunities which are assessed on a case-by-case basis.
Funding is allocated against an annual budget on a rolling basis. Please note - this fund supports projects on the functional estate only.
For more information please contact the Environmental Sustainability team at firstname.lastname@example.org.