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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.


  • To reduce carbon emissions from energy use by 34% by 2020 against a 2005 baseline
  • We aspire to a long-term ambition to be carbon neutral from energy use by 2050

The University is committed to tackling human-caused climate change by reducing our carbon emissions. As a research intensive university we produce a significant amount of energy-related emissions. The University is also accountable for carbon emissions resulting from purchased goods, construction, waterbusiness and commuter travel, and waste disposal.

The University does not look to hinder research, but rather to reduce energy consumption and carbon emissions while supporting the University’s plans for growth in research activity.

The Carbon Management Plan details how this reduction will be achieved. Progress against our targets are reported to the Environmental Sustainability Strategy Committee

What is the University doing?

Review of Carbon Management Plan

The University is currently reviewing its Carbon Management Plan (CMP) and as part of this is consulting with a range of stakeholders. If you would like to be involved in the CMP review please email

Financial incentives

The Electricity Incentivisation Scheme rewards departments who reduce their energy consumption. The scheme is currently under review.


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.


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.