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Energy & Carbon

Northumbria University is committed to reducing its operational CO2 emissions. In 2010 the university produced a Carbon Management Plan, with a target to reduce Scope 1 and 2 emissions by 32% by 2020 against a 2005/06 baseline.

A Carbon Management Plan Update was developed in 2015 to incorporate targets for a wider range of emissions including scope 3 (waste, travel and water) - the baseline for which is in our Annual Carbon Emissions Report. These targets, along with others for areas including waste, water, procurement and travel can also be found in our Environmental Sustainability Policy.

Our Annual Carbon Emissions Report provides an update on progress relating to Scope 1 & 2 as well as setting the baseline for Scope 3, and looks at how our emissions are spread across the estate (residential and non-residential)

The targets we have set are very ambitious and will require a wide range of interventions and changes to behaviour. We have a dedicated budget for our sustainability projects, including carbon. This budget has been maintained year-on-year

Sport Central PV

Some of our most recent projects include:

  • LED lighting installations in Northumberland and Ellison corridors
  • New boilers in Trinity building
  • New district heating boilers
  • Improvements to Building Management System
  • LED lighting in Sport Central
  • New boilers and LED lighting in Glenamara
  • Whole building energy retrofit of the Library
  • New LED lighting in Squires Annexe and Squires Workshop 

Over 95% of our electricity comes from certified green sources and we are home to one of the oldest commercial PV systems in the UK which is still fully functional, even after 21 years. We have grown our use of PV with over 225kWp or arrays now on campus - used not only for clean energy generation but also to inform our teaching and international research. Find out more about the energy generated from sunlight at Northumbria.

Even with these technologies in place, the best way to reduce emissions from energy is to reduce the amount we use. We all have a part to play so please do your bit by turning off lights and unnecessary equipment.

You can access energy data on all University buildings to see how your building is performing here.



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Water is a vital resource. Although North East England has a fairly secure supply of drinking water, the infrastructure involved in getting water to the tap and then treating what goes down the drain requires a great amount of energy, resources and cost. Our work in leak detection and efficient technologies has helped to achieve significant reductions in the volumes of water used on campus.

Bottled water has a significant environmental impact arising from its production, transportation and storage, as well as from the waste generated when empty bottles are thrown away.

We have a number of water fountains located around campus and are proud to be part of the national Refill campaign – promoting locations at which you can refill your water bottle for free.

Visit the Sustainable Campus Map for more information on where we save energy and water on campus.



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