We take our environmental responsibilities seriously. We aim 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 spent around £5.5 million on utilities in 2014/15. This includes £2.6 million for electricity, £1.3 million for gas and £1.3 million for water and sewerage.

We generate some of our electricity and heat on campus using solar panels, solar thermal systems, and combined heat and power (CHP) systems.

In 2014/15, we generated 1.5 million units of electricity, enough for 450 houses, and recycled over 2 million units of heat.

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