What the University is Doing

  • Since July 2015, the University has successfully maintained an ISO50001 certified Energy Management System (EnMS). The EnMS, and our Energy Policy, are both approved by University senior management and allow for a robust process in the setting of key performance indicators (KPIs) and objectives & targets to increase energy efficiency.
  • Within this management system, the University has an actual target to retain our 2005/6 baseline carbon emission levels by the year 2020. We are currently achieving a reduction in emissions in line with this target.
  • The aspirational target is to reduce carbon emissions by 43% by 2020 against our 2005/6 baseline.
  • To do this we are implementing various carbon saving programmes including:
    • Boiler replacement programme
    • PC remote shut down
    • Upgrading our Building Management Systems
    • Sub Metering
    • Reduced staff commuting by car
    • Implementation of 100% recycled office paper only policy
    • Heating and ventilation system upgrades
    • Pipework insulation
    • Draught proofing (window sealing)
    • Replacement of laboratory equipment with more energy efficient models e.g. fume cupboards, -80c freezers, fridges, drying cabinets, autoclaves, etc.
    • LED lighting - the University is currently undergoing a three year project to replace all old, inefficient fluorescent lighting with LED technology across the estate by July 2020. Once completed, this is estimated to save 3.6m kWh of electricity, and 1396 tonnes of CO2 per annum.
  • Take a look at our Carbon Management Plan (PDF: 1,465KB) which sets out our approach to achieving the sector level targets set by HEFCE
  • In October 2015 senior managers at the University responded to the student divestment campaign, by forming a Carbon Advisory Group to consider all of the University's links to the carbon industry. This included a review of the University's Socially Reponsible Investment Policy and progress with its implementation. Through the resulting recommendations, the University has committed to making improvements across a number of areas including the estate, curriculum and investments; allowing for coverage of all environmental, social and governance considerations (not only fossil fuels) within the University’s endowment funds.