We are committed to reducing CO2 emissions by 33% by 2020/21, compared with 2005/06 levels. This includes emissions produced directly by University boilers and furnaces, and those arising from the generation of the electricity we purchase from energy companies. We seek to minimise the amount of waste that we produce by reusing and recycling, and reduce the volume of water by using more efficient flushing mechanisms and ‘greywater’ where fresh water is not necessary.
Efficient use of natural resources, and ethical concerns including living wage, are central to our decision making when procuring goods and services. We encourage cycling and walking and the use of public transport, to reduce carbon emissions, traffic congestion, and air pollution in Oxford. It is also our aim to reduce carbon emissions from work-related travel – the use of trains and flights – and University owned vehicles including vans and minibuses. We encourage staff to use video conferencing rather than travel.
Our annually reviewed environmental sustainability policy includes making efficient use of space in the University, sustainable design and refurbishment, promoting the University’s own research about the environment, and working with local schools and businesses.
We also publish individual strategies on carbon management, water management, waste management, sustainable procurement, transport, biodiversity, and an annual sustainability review.