Our carbon challenge

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We are committed to making a 43 per cent reduction in carbon emissions by 2020. This is against a 2005 baseline and is in line with the Higher Education Funding Council for England’s (HEFCE) sector-level targets.

Around 20 per cent of our carbon emissions come from energy used at our residences and around 80 per cent from energy used in our non-residential buildings, the bulk of which is from electricity.

We’re working with internal and external stakeholders to reduce our carbon emissions. This is why activities such as Green Impact are so important; we can all play a part in helping to reduce University carbon emissions.

As the graph on the left shows, we are improving efficiency in relation to income and floor area, and also in relation to staff and student numbers. This means that despite growth in terms of floor space, revenue and people, our carbon emissions have increased at a slower rate.

However, as our estate and research continue to grow, our absolute emissions are increasing. 

This is our challenge. To continue to grow and to invest in research, including energy research, and to reduce our absolute carbon emissions. 

Intensity data graph

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actual emissions graph

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