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 2020-21

The year 2020-21 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 2020-21 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 2020-21, 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

2020-21 Energy Data Breakdown by Consumption
Total ElectricitykWh3,495,93513,217,12216,713,057
Total GaskWh15,400,90825,896,76541,297,673
Total Fuel OilkWh18,76518,765
Total Fuellitres15,499
Total RenewableskWh160,444

2020-21 Energy Data Breakdown by Carbon Emissions
Total ElectricityTCO₂8403,1764,016
Total GasTCO₂2,8254,7517,576
Total Fuel OilTCO₂055
Total FuelTCO₂04141
Total RenewablesTCO₂000
Total EmissionsTCO₂11,639
Aug 21SepOctNovDecJan 22
2021-22 Target Consumption (m³)137611567028396223111876022467
2021-22 Actual Consumption (m³)136401445922314197251798615832
Cumulative 2021-22 Target Consumption (m³)1376129431578278013898898121364
Cumulative 2021-22 Actual Consumption (m³)1364028099504137013788123103955
Variation (m³)-121-1332-7414-10001-10775-17409
Variation (%)-0.9%-4.5%-12.8%-12.5%-10.9%-14.3%
Water consumption chart 2021-2

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Last Updated: 30/05/2022