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.

Actual emissions and target baseline

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.

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.

Carbon intensity – floor area, income, per student, per staff

This is partly due to the reduced carbon intensity of the energy we use, but to help achieve our carbon reduction targets, we must reduce the amount of energy we consume.

This is our challenge. To continue to grow and to invest in research, including energy research, and to do so in a far more energy-efficient way.