Energy, carbon and water

We are very aware of our responsibility to use energy and water responsibly. Our Policy and strategy for sustainability 2009-16 (PDF, 119kB) includes 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 six 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 per cent by the end of 2016 and 38 per cent by 2020. This assumed the University would not grow significantly, as per the 2009 University Vision and Strategy. However, despite growing by around a third in terms of turnover, student numbers and floor area over the past ten years, carbon emissions are now no higher than they were then and are trending downwards.

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 enough electricity for 100 houses. 

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