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University of Bath

Carbon management plan

How we aim to achieve our internal targets, covering technical projects, policy changes and the financing to make it happen.

We have done a lot of work on Carbon Management and energy-saving over previous years. We were the first UK University to take part in the Carbon Trust Higher Education Carbon Management Scheme in 2003.

We produced a Carbon Management Plan in 2011 setting out our targets and a plan to achieve them. This plan was described as 'exemplar for the sector' by The Carbon Trust.

We have achieved the target set out in the 2011 Carbon Management Plan β€œto reduce direct Scope 1 and 2 CO2 emissions (due to electricity and gas use) by 43% by 2020 from a 2005 baseline.” Over this period we have achieved a 45% reduction, slightly more than anticipated partly due to the national fall in carbon intensity in electricity and partly due to the impact of lockdown during April – July 2020.

We are now developing on our plans to achieve the net zero targets we adopted in 2020.

We have achieved a reduction in our carbon emissions while expanding the University significantly.

Since 2005 we have cut down:

  • carbon emissions by 45%
  • emissions per m2 building floor area by 61%
  • emissions per student and per turnover by over two thirds

Read about our progress in our latest annual report.