Exterior of R-Block at Frenchay Campus with wild flowers and an art installation

Carbon and energy strategy

The Carbon Management Plan 2013-2020 outlines the commitment and ambition that UWE Bristol has for reducing our impact on the environment.

We have committed £1million per year for the life of the Carbon Management Plan 2013-2020, to fund energy efficiency and carbon-reduction projects – a 50% increase on previous years’ project funds which were limited to a £0.5m Salix Recycling Fund.

This plan outlines targets and clear implementation plans with estimated cost savings, timescales and resources. These are summarised in the Carbon Road Map.

Targets relate to Scope 1, 2 and 3 emissions and all are included in the Carbon Management Plan:

  • Scope 1: these are emissions that arise directly from sources that are owned or controlled by the University, for example from fuels used in UWE Bristol-owned vehicles.
  • Scope 2: these are the emissions generated by purchased electricity consumed by the University.
  • Scope 3: these emissions are a consequence of UWE Bristol activities but occur from sources not owned or controlled by UWE Bristol. This includes emissions associated with waste, water, business travel, commuting and procurement.

All are reported to the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA), but not yet included in the current project list. See the Carbon Management Plan for more information on how UWE Bristol are working on Scope 3.

Our targets

UWE Bristol is committed to:

  1. 22.5% total absolute reduction of carbon by 2020 over 2005 baseline; this means that no matter how many buildings, or students, are at UWE Bristol, we must reduce our overall carbon emissions.
  2. 50% relative reduction of energy (area and weather adjusted) by 2020 over 2005 baseline; this means that our buildings and services are more efficient, using less energy and water.
  3. 10% and 5% of the University’s electricity and gas consumption respectively to be generated from on, or near, site low or zero carbon technologies by 2020.

Our progress

In the case of the Carbon Reduction Target, we are 25.25% above the 2005/06 baseline which is “Off Track” and significant investment is planned to improve this position over the coming years.

For the Energy Efficiency Target, we are 52% below the 2005/06 baseline which is “On Track”, and we will continue to monitor and report this to achieve or exceed the 2020 target.

Carbon and energy reduction graphs

The two graphs show our current performance (red line) compared to the Target that was set (black line). The green-dotted line then shows the route from current performance to the target, or “The Challenge”.

Campus Carbon Visualiser

The Campus Carbon Visualiser tool shows the carbon emissions from energy use in campus buildings. The image below displays the carbon emissions on Frenchay Campus:

A visual from the Campus Carbon Visualiser

Carbon and energy road map

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