Carbon and energy

Photovoltaic cells on roof of Lincoln Hall

The University is working hard to reduce energy consumption, increase efficiencies, use more renewable energy sources and reduce its carbon footprint.

We have set ourselves ambitious carbon targets in our Carbon Management Plan PDF format for reducing carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions to 2020. The Plan includes a new framework for large scale investment to deliver these targets. The document was updated in 2016 by the University's Environment Committee. 

We're reducing carbon emissions by...

  • Generating our own energy from renewable sources such as solar panels, solar water heating and biomass boilers 
  • Installing low-energy lighting 
  • Upgrading insulation in our buildings 
  • Designing new buildings to be as energy efficient as possible and maximise natural daylight 
  • Improving corridor ventilation systems 
  • Cutting down on the need for air conditioning 
  • Upgrading inefficient boilers and equipment 
  • Reviewing use of fume cupboards in laboratories 
  • Running a number of green IT projects to cut down on printer use, shut off PCs automatically at night, and promote greener ways to use IT
  • Increasing awareness and encouraging behaviour change

Read about recently completed carbon projects


Did you know...?

  • Our UK energy bill was over £10 million in 2015/16  
  • £18m has been invested in carbon saving projects since 2010
  • Carbon saving projects initiated since 2010 are estimated to cut our carbon emissions by 13,600 tonnes of CO2 per year
  • A fume cupboard running 24/7 consumes over £2,500 of energy per year
  • The combined heat and power plant at King's Meadow campus saves around 250 tonnes of CO2 per year


Annual reports


Related links



Sustainability Team

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