We take our environmental responsibilities seriously. Our carbon footprint due to energy use is about 24,000 tonnes of CO2. We have a responsibility to reduce our environmental impact and our contribution to climate change.

A key part of our approach to reducing our environmental and energy impact is the Sustainability and Low Carbon Management Steering Group.

We have a Carbon Management Plan in place to set out targets for reduction of our energy consumption.

Our commitments to sustainability

  • we are accredited under the Carbon Trust Standard, which demonstrates our energy and carbon management is to high standards
  • we have an extensive metering network with about 1000 of our own utility meters, of which the majority are on our new automated monitoring system
  • in 2003, we were the very first university to go through the Carbon Trust Higher Education Carbon Management Scheme.

How we use energy

We are a major user of energy and water with an annual spend in 2008/09 of just under £5m.

Of this, £3m was for electricity, £1.7m for gas and £0.8m for water and sewerage.

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