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Overarching aim

To reduce scope 1, 2 and 3 carbon emissions while supporting the University's plans for growth in research activity and staff and student numbers.


Scope 1 and 2

The University has adopted a Science Based Target to reduce its energy-related (scope 1 and 2) carbon emissions to absolute zero by 2048.

This target replaces the scope 1 and 2 emissions target adopted by the University in 2018 as part of its Carbon Reduction Strategy, however the other commitments set out in the Strategy remain in place.

The University aspires to become zero carbon ten years ahead of its target date, so that it can provide an example of what is achievable in terms of carbon reduction and opportunities for others to learn from its approach, including both its successes and areas that are found to be challenging.

Scope 3

We will reduce per capita emissions from air business travel by 25% against 2014/15 levels by 2024/25, taking into consideration our current under-reporting.

Our approach

Our Carbon Reduction Strategy sets out what we are doing to reduce our carbon emissions and meet our targets in this area.

Progress to date

We measure and report our carbon emissions every year. Our latest annual carbon emissions report (for 2018) is available here.

Our annual emissions report for 2017 is available here.

Get involved

 - The University invests in a range of carbon reduction initiatives through the Energy and Carbon Reduction Project (ECRP).  If you have an idea to reduce carbon in your department, find out more about the Fund and how to apply.

- Find out how you can reduce your energy use by reading our top tips.

- Get involved in Green Impact and use this to champion carbon reduction measures in your department.

Find out more

- What is a Science Based Target?