Department of Estates

Annual sustainability reports

These reports chart the University's progress in meeting its sustainability targets.

Energy and Environment Report 2017

The purpose of this report is to provide an annual update to Executive from the Sustainability and Carbon Management Steering Group (SCMSG) on the University’s performance against the targets set within the Environmental Policy.

Executive Summary

• Energy consumption and water usage lower than 10 years ago despite significant growth:
     o Electricity use per m2 floor area 25% lower
     o Gas use per m2 floor area 29% lower
     o Water use per m2 floor area 30% lower
     o Saving £0.6m annually, or £1.5m accounting for growth
Absolute energy consumption in 2015/16 comparable to that in 2014/15.

• Carbon emissions for 2015/16 are down 16% since 2005, a period that has seen significant growth in the University’s student population and physical infrastructure. Emissions per m2 building floor area are down 34%.

• Self-generation of electricity now accounts for 8% of our total electricity use – our CHP (Combined Heat and Power) plants have generated 2 million units of electricity this year, enough to power 600 houses, and have recycled over 2.5 million units of heat.

• Solar panels on our new 10 West and 4 East South buildings, opened in 2015/16, have almost doubled our total capacity.

• Investment of over £1m has been made in LED lighting improvements in the last 12 months.

• Recycling rates have increased from 36% to 54% in 2 years. Last summer the University collected 27 tonnes of ‘end of term’ unwanted food, clothing, crockery and appliances that were donated to charities instead of going to landfill.

• University of Bath became the first UK University to introduce large scale coffee cup recycling.

• Accommodation and Hospitality Services maintained certification to the ISO 14001 Environmental Management standard, and ran the ‘Leave No Trace’ and ‘Student Switch Off’ campaigns.

• Campus now operating with 100% green renewable electricity supply.

• Reaccredited with a Gold Award for the Travelwest Travel Plan Accreditation Scheme.


Read the full Energy and Environment Report 2017

Reports from previous years

Energy and Environment Report 2016

Energy and Environment Report 2014

Energy and Environment Report 2013

Energy and Environment Report 2012

Energy and Environment Report 2008/09

Energy and Environment Report 2007/08

Energy and Environment Report 2006/07