Department of Estates

Annual sustainability reports

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

Energy and Environment Report 2018

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

  • Electricity consumed down 1% in the year despite two major new buildings being built (6% improvement in usage per unit building floor area).
  • Water use 10% down on 2015/16
  • Energy consumption and water usage lower than 10 years ago despite significant growth. When growth taken into account:

o  Electricity use per m2 floor area 29% lower

o  Gas use per m2 floor area 29% lower

o  Water use per m2 floor area 40% lower

o  Saving £1.5m annually


  • Carbon  emissions  down  17%  since  2005,  a  period  of  significant  growth  in  the Universitys student population and physical infrastructure. Emissions per m2 building floor area are down 34%, per student 36%, and relative to financial turnover down 48%.
  • New national HE and public sector carbon targets from government - currently in consultation.
  • Self-generated electricity now accounts for 7% of our total use our CHP (Combined Heat and Power) plants have generated 1.9 million units of electricity this year, enough to power 600 houses, and have recycled 2.5 million units of heat, a net saving of £120k.
  • 36 tonnes of end of term unwanted food, clothing, crockery and appliances collected and donated to charities instead of going to landfill.
  • Overall recycling rate of 53%. First UK University to carry out coffee cup recycling, in conjunction with reusable cup/eco-container scheme.
  •  Accommodation and Hospitality Services maintained certification to the ISO 14001
  • Environmental Management standard, helped run the Leave No Trace, Student Switch Off and Pack For Good’ campaigns, and won a Sustainable Tourism award.
  •  Electricity costs to rise significantly; energy bills likely to increase by £2.5m over next 3 years due to price increases and planned University expansion
  • University now operating with 100% green renewable electricity supply, including off campus properties.
  • We have been a Fairtrade University since 2009, and were awarded Fairtrade Goldawards in 2015 and 2016


 Energy and Environment Report 2018

Reports from previous years