Energy and Environment Reports
Energy and Environment Report 2011-2012
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 (see link). It is proposed that this report also forms the basis of a public report that will be made available to staff, students and the general public.
- Energy consumption continues to fall even though there has been growth in campus infrastructure, due to investment in technical and behavioural programmes. Green Impact scheme promoting practical sustainability actions by departments piloted with great success. Consuming ~£1.5m worth of utilities less annually compared with usage 5 years ago:
o electricity 10% down
o gas 20% down (weather-corrected)
o water 18% down
- Carbon emissions have fallen 13% since 2005 and 7% since the 0809 baseline in the Carbon Plan. Continuing to make good improvements although further investment will be needed to achieve our carbon targets. The scale of planned campus development is also such that our targets are even more challenging than predicted.
- Utilities costs continuing to rise even though good progress achieved with energy-saving (25-30% price rises this year; budgeted £6.4m spend for 2012/13). New flexible utility procurement contracts captured additional savings of £687k already this year, however.
- New legislation (Carbon Reduction Commitment) assigns a cost to carbon - £260,000 annual cost for University initially.
- New travel plan launched - Gold awards in the West of England Travel Plan Awards for the last three years, and Employer of the Year in 2011.
- New Waste & Recycling Manager now in place to address poor re-cycling rates.
For full report see link.
Carbon Management Plan March 2011
and Environment Report 2008-09
and Environment Report 2007-08
Press release 'Going
green: Uni reverses energy consumption trends'
and Environment Report 2006-07