Energy, carbon and water

We are very aware of our responsibility to use energy and water responsibly. Our Sustainability Policy 2017-2023 (PDF, 7,887kB)‌ contains a number of measures to cut out unnecessary consumption and to use resources as efficiently as possible. Our academic staff are some of the world’s leading thinkers on climate change and mitigation technologies and techniques, so it is fitting that we are considered a leader in the sector for innovating to reduce our carbon emissions.

One of our Green Capital pledges was to become a net carbon-neutral campus by 2030. This will be a challenge for a research-led university such as Bristol, but a suite of efficiency gains, renewable energy projects and strategic energy supply choices make this an ambitious but achievable goal. It will also stimulate challenging debates around alternative energy sources in the city and region.

What we are aiming for and where we've come from

We keep our carbon inventory to the ISO 14064 international standard and have been able to demonstrate relative reductions for seven years.

As well as our 2030 ambition to be carbon neutral, we have a Carbon and Water Strategy 2017 (PDF, 567kB) that is delivering real savings.

We aimed to reduce emissions by 16% by the end of 2016 and 38% by 2020 from 2005/6, our Estates Management Records (EMR) baseline. Our carbon emissions as recorded via the ISO 14064 process use 2007/8 as a baseline, and can be viewed in our Carbon emissions from baseline year 2007/08 to 2016/17 (PDF, 34kB). This shows that we reduced Scope 1 & 2 emissions from the University Estate by 15% from 2007/8, our ISO baseline, and, since emissions fell by 2% between 2005/6 and 2007/8, by 17% on our EMR baseline. The ISO Standard is externally verified. This can be viewed in our most recent CEMARS Certification for 6 Year Carbon Reduction (PDF, 302kB).

Leased Residences

Under the ISO 14064 standard, we have calculated that the Scope 1 & 2 emissions from our leased residences with third party providers is 1,557 tCO2e.

Did you know?

We generate enough solar power to provide electricity for 100 houses. 

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