Carbon Dioxide is produced when fossil fuel such as gas, oil or diesel burnt in the air to produce energy for heating, electricity generation or transport. Carbon emissions are categorised as:
Energy produced by fossil fuel not only produced large amount of carbon dioxide, which affects climate change, but also contributes to other environmental problems including smog and acid rain.
The university has a target to reduce 43% scope 1 and 2 carbon emissions from 2005-2006 baseline by 2020.
We have exceeded our target and achieved 45% carbon reduction in 2019.
We are in the progress of reviewing our performance and setting a new target for 2020 onwards. We aim to achieve building net zero carbon by 2030.
How Did We Achieve This?
We made the switch from fossil fuels to 100% renewable for our electricity supply; 69% from solar, 21% from hydro and 10% from thermal and anaerobic digestion
Rolling out LED lightings to external street and car park lights, halls communal areas and campus.
Installed efficient lighting controls in line with the LED lighting upgrade
Installed drives with flow controls to the motors and fans to control speed of machinery which decrease electricity usage
Installed thermal insulation to most pipework in the plant rooms to prevent heat loss increasing efficiency.
Commissioned to reduce energy consumption in voltage dependent loads by adjusting and controlling voltage level on different sites