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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

• 6% reduction by 2020/21 (measured against a 2005/06 baseline of 71,989 tCO2e)

• 21% reduction by 2025/26

• 53% reduction by 2035/36

• zero-carbon 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.

Our approach

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

We are developing a scheme to devolve responsibility and budgets for electricity use to our departments. This is known as the Electricity Devolution Programme – you can find out more here. The University produces some of its energy onsite from solar panels, biomass and ground source heat pumps

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 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. If you have ideas on projects to reduce energy use, we want to hear from you.
  • 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.
  • Find out how you can reduce your energy use by reading our top tips.
  • Find out how to view your building's energy use here.