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Carbon Emissions Statistics

Our campus has grown a great deal over recent years. Despite this, our emissions have not, and we have plans in place to keep increasing our carbon efficiency as more buildings open in the coming years.

The most recent 2019/20 Performance Report can now be read here.

Three quick ways of looking at our performance:

Absolute: Total carbon emissions (Scope 1 and 2)

When you look at the total amount of carbon campus has emitted, you can see that, actions we have taken through technology change and behavioural change have seen our emissions begin to decrease over the past 6 years. Whilst there isn’t a massive reduction, emissions are still below 2005/06 levels and the University has grown a great deal in the past 14 years, so this is a real achievement.

Efficiency: Carbon emitted per £ of income

In the graph below you can see how the carbon efficiency of the University has dramatically improved over recent years. This trend, which we aim to continue, has seen our efficiency almost double since 2005/6.

Space: Carbon emitted per m2 of Floor Area

In the graph below you can see how the levels of carbon emissions have reduced on campus over recent years per m2 of floor area. This reflects both the high standards of our new buildings and the improvements we are making in our older buildings.

How did we do it?

Campus has grown. Emissions have not. How did we achieve this?

In 2019/20 we generated 46% of our electricity on campus through an efficient Combined Heating and Power system.
We opened the Cryfield Energy Centre in 2014 to provide more super-efficient combined heating and power for campus.
Making sure all the new buildings we add to campus are much more efficient than the older ones they're replacing.
We worked to add more renewable energy sources to campus.
We worked to cut our Water use - water consumption produces emissions too.”
Our staff and students have made a real effort to think in a more sustainable way.
And loads of other efficiency projects around campus - too many to mention!