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Environment and Energy


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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 & 2

  • To reduce carbon emissions from energy use by 21% by 2025 against a 2005 baseline

  • We aspire to a long-term ambition to be carbon neutral from energy use by 2050

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.

Scope 3 targets to reduce consumption, improve procedure and reduce production already exist for the categtories of Water, Procurement and Waste. Meeting these targets will have an associated carbon emissions reduction but progress towards these targets will be measured in different units. please refer to the Environmental Sustainability Vision, Policy and Strategy.

Progress to date

Our Carbon Reduction Strategy sets out what we are doing to reduce our emissions and achieve our carbon reduction targets.​

Our latest annual carbon emissions report (for 2017) is available here.

Our annual emissions report for 2017 forms Annex A of our Environmental Sustainability Report.

Find out more


The University invests in a programme of energy efficiency improvements and carbon reduction initiatives through the Energy and Carbon Reduction Project. Funding is available for efficiency improvements to the fabric and fittings of existing buildings, modifications or upgrades of energy-intensive equipment and behavioural change initiatives.

Behaviour change

Preventing unnecessary energy use is vital to reducing carbon emissions. Staff and students can take action within their workplaces by taking part in Green Impact. A network of around one hundred Environment & Energy Coordinators volunteer to help promote environmental action within their departments and buildings.

Tracking energy use 

Find out how to view your building's energy use here.

Renewable and low carbon technologies

The University produces its own renewable energy onsite from solar panels, biomass and ground source heat pumps.