Affordable and clean energy

The university’s Energy Institute brings together 150 researchers from across our faculties of Engineering, Science and Social Science and attracts significant funding from government and industry to respond to societal challenges around energy. The university’s carbon reduction targets are underpinned by reducing demand and wastage for energy, improving the energy efficiency of our systems and spaces and by engaging our community on our journey towards sustainability.  




university's target for reduction in C02 emissions by 2030


reduction in carbon emissions 2010-2020


Energy Institute's research portfolio




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Clean energy hubs for communities in Kenya

In Kenya, we’re exploring how schools could serve communities as clean energy hubs, generating, storing and distributing sustainable power and accelerating access to reliable light in the evenings and energy for cooking.

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Learning and students

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Student switch off

A campaign aimed at students in university accommodation has reduced energy consumption and raising awareness of how measures like turning off lights and using heating responsibly makes a difference. It has saved 100s of tonnes of C02 emissions since 2011.

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Engagement and impact

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Energy for business

Our Energy for Business project supported a range of businesses on low-carbon and energy innovation projects, from exploring the return of hydroelectric power to a UNESCO-listed cotton mill, to an app to help universities reduce their carbon footprint.

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Policy and operations

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Our zero carbon strategy

The university aims to reduce carbon emissions by 63% by 2030, with net zero carbon by 2040 and absolute zero carbon by 2050. Optimising energy use, transitioning to low-carbon energy, sustainable travel and reducing waste are key to these goals.

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