Carbon, Energy, and Water

We measure and report on our Electricity, Gas and Fuel consumption annually. Our Carbon Management Plan Statement 2020-2040, sets out a 20 year aim to reduce our Carbon Emissions to net zero by 2040.

Our Carbon Management Strategy supports the Carbon Management Plan and describes the methodologies used to achieve the required emissions reduction targets. The Strategy is in turn supported by the Utilities Measurement, Monitoring and Reporting Procedure and the Energy and Water Management Action Plan.

All of the documents mentioned above are available for download by clicking on the links in the side panel to the right. There are also links to our Water Management Strategy and a document detailing our procedures for handling fluorinated gases.

Carbon Emissions For the year 2021-22

The year 2021-22 was a difficult year for managing energy consumption, given the need to provide additional ventilation in response to Covid 19. This requirement combined with the fact that the winter 2021-22 was the coldest in the last 5 years drove up gas consumption, and the associated carbon emissions. The effect of this is shown in the Carbon Emissions graph below.

The University implemented a series of carbon saving reduction measures during 2021-22, and these will have helped limit the increase in annual carbon emissions seen in the year. Following on from this the University continually reviews how it operates to maintain energy efficiency dependant on operational requirements. Further the University works in Partnership with other organisations to reduce carbon emissions, and is working to increase this type of engagement with a view to keeping the University on track with the targets set out in the Carbon Management Plan.

target and actual carbon emissions

2021-22 Energy Data Breakdown by Consumption
Total Electricity kWh 3,999,689 14,793,304 18,792,993
Total GaskWh 15,086,638 23,162,072 38,248,710
Total Fuel OilkWh 0139,014 139,014
Total Fuellitres 18,825
Total RenewableskWh 178,093

2021-22 Energy Data Breakdown by Carbon Emissions
Total ElectricityTCO₂ 8052,978 3,783
Total GasTCO₂ 2,7584,234 6,992
Total Fuel OilTCO₂0 3737
Total FuelTCO₂0 5050
Total RenewablesTCO₂000
Total EmissionsTCO₂ 10,862
Aug 21SepOctNov Dec Jan FebMar AprMayJun JulTotal
2021-22 Target Consumption (m³)13761156702839622311 1876022467 18,69425,99218,240 18,98320,68514,560 238,
2021-22 Actual Consumption (m³) 13,11513,86420,527 22,42022,93820,023 22,312 23,782 18,174 23,567 22,288 13,753 236,
Cumulative 2021-22 Target Consumption (m³)13761294315782780138 98898121364 140059166050184290 203274223958238518  
Cumulative 2021-22 Actual Consumption (m³) 131152697947506 6992592864112887 135200158982177156 200723223011236764  
Variation (m³) -646-2452 -10321 -10212 -6034 -8477 -4859-7068 -7134 -2551-947 -1754
Variation (%)-4.7%-8.3%-17.8%-12.7% -6.1%-7.0% -3.5% -4.3% -3.9% -1.3% -0.4% -0.7%  

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Last Updated: 22/02/2023