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Buildings and Carbon Management

Our carbon footprint (CO2e) is represented by the emissions associated with the energy and water used across our UK campuses, fuel used by our vehicles and business travel. In 2018/19, we emitted 25,942 tCO2e

A breakdown of our 2018/19 carbon footprint show that our business travel (31.9 Million km) accounted for 38.2% of our carbon footprint, with the remaining 61.8% from the energy and water usage used across our UK campuses.

The energy used across our UK campuses accounts for 61.8% of our 2018/19 carbon footprint. Only 33% of our 55 qualifying buildings currently achieve Display Energy Certificate (DEC) scores of C and above, which implies that there are opportunities to improve the energy performances of our buildings.

Our Environmental Sustainability Action Plan details some of the energy efficiency projects and initiatives that were recently completed and commissioned across our campuses. These projects were projected to reduce our electricity and gas use by 6,907,417 kWh and 1,710,999 kWh, respectively.

Commitments: Carbon Management

  • Adopt a six-year 30% carbon reduction target against our 2018/19 baseline.

  • Climate change risks will be included in our risk registers.

  • We will continue to invest in initiatives that reduce our carbon footprint.

  • We will actively encourage all staff, students, visitors and major partners to

    reduce their carbon footprint.

  • We will share, promote and showcase research and innovation to help tackle

    the growing challenges and risks posed by climate change.

Commitments: Building Energy Efficiency

  • We have secured a £2.46 million Salix energy efficiency loan to reduce the energy used at our Mile End and Whitechapel campuses. 
  • We signed a four-year building management system (BMS) contract of £1.5 million for the purpose of improving energy efficiency across our UK campuses.
  • We will actively identify and implement initiatives to help improve our Display Energy Certificate (DEC) scores.
  • We will continue to promote good energy practices across all our campuses.
  • To reduce the energy used across our UK campuses by 30% by July 2025 against our 2018/19 baseline, which is likely to require further investment of the order of £3.6m.
  • Our long-term ambition is to ensure that all our procured energy is on a green tariff.