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Targets

The University is currently working on the below priorities.

ENERGY AND CARBON MANAGEMENT

To reduce scope 1 and 2 emissions to 50% from their peak by 2030. This is regardless of the growth of the University’s estate, making it particularly challenging.

Scope 1: These are emissions that arise directly from sources that are owned or controlled by the University, for example, fuels in our boilers or the vehicles owned by departments.

Scope 2: These are emissions from the generation of electricity, heat or steam which is purchased by the University.

TRANSPORT AND TRAVEL

The transport strategy outlines several targets and key performance indicators grouped as follows. The University will aim to:

  • reduce the numbers of car journeys on the network
  • improve users’ journey experiences
  • promote appropriate sustainable transport alternatives
  • improve local air quality
  • reduce the University’s carbon footprint

BIODIVERSITY

We are setting our approach to enhancing and connecting green spaces and biodiversity by implementing our Biodiversity Strategy.

This focuses on the four following priorities:

  1. Protecting existing biodiversity
  2. Enhancing biodiversity where possible
  3. Connecting areas for wildlife
  4. Promoting engagement with biodiversity

SUSTAINABLE BUILDINGS

We aim to deliver sustainable buildings by:

ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT

We manage the way we interact with the environment by developing and embedding an Environmental Management System (EMS).

WATER AND WASTE

We are managing waste by:

  • increasing the reuse of materials across the University through a sharing portal – WARPit.
  • working with our waste service provider to increase recycling and to monitor and measure waste production.
  • working in partnership with colleges, staff and students to develop solutions for reducing the University’s waste.

We encourage everyone at the university to be more conscious of their water use. Small changes can bring big benefits.

COMMUNICATION AND ENGAGEMENT

To harness the energy and commitment of our staff and students, we create and run a range of events, training sessions and workshops.

Topics range from managing our carbon emissions and legal compliance through effective recycling and biodiversity.

Everything, in fact, from bees to buildings to bikes!

Future focus

Aiming for zero carbon and biodiversity net gain by 2035.

The University’s Environmental Sustainability Strategy aims to achieve net zero carbon and biodiversity net gain in the next 15 years. Five members of the Environmental Sustainability working group have been featured in a blog by the University, giving details about the University’s Environmental Sustainability strategy. You can read the full blog on the Staff Gateway.

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