Carbon and energy

Our targets

We have set ourselves ambitious targets in our Carbon Management Plan PDF format for reducing carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions to 2020. The Plan, which was updated in 2016, includes a framework for large scale investment to deliver these targets.

The £25m investment programme aims to:

  • Meet carbon reduction target – 40% absolute reduction from 2009/10 baseline
  • Reduce energy cost
  • Improve efficiency
  • Improve resilience of our energy systems
Pipework inside the Mark Group Research House - one of the Creative Energy Homes, University Park

Our progress

We publish annual energy and carbon reports that monitor our progress and provide an update on carbon reduction projects funded during the year.

We are making steady progress towards our target. However, since the publication of the original Carbon Management Plan in 2010, the University estate has exceeded its estimated growth plan and energy-intensive research activity continues to expand. As a result, we need to work even harder to meet the absolute reduction target.

Recent carbon projects

The University has prioritised investment in buildings and equipment that are energy-intensive. Recent projects include:

  • Medical School – extensive programme including chiller replacements, double glazing, controls to louvres in service voids and LED lighting
  • Combined heat and power plant – installed at Sutton Bonington
  • Fume cupboards – variable volume extract system installed to fume cupboards in Chemistry 
  • Boiler replacements – at the Arts Centre, Sir Peter Mansfield and halls of residence
  • Water heater replacement – at Ancaster Hall and Cripps Hall
  • LED lighting – in halls of residence
  • Double glazing – single-glazed windows replaced in North Lab and Lecture Block
  • Part contribution to equipment - enabling schools to purchase models that are more energy efficient e.g. ultra low temperature freezers

In addition, we are increasing the proportion of renewable energy generated on site.

We also run a range of events and campaigns that enable staff and students to contribute to meeting the carbon reduction target, such as Student Switch Off in halls of residence and Christmas shutdowns.


Sustainability Team

Estate Office, University Park, Nottingham, NG7 2RD