The Higher Education Carbon Management Plan (2010-2015)

A full copy of the Carbon Management Plan  [PDF 66pgs, 1.5MB] is available to view. This includes details of how carbon emissions reductions will be achieved, who will drive this forward within the University and when specific actions will be undertaken.

Key facts
The key facts about the Carbon Management Plan (CMP):

  • target of 20% cut in emissions from University buildings by March 2015
  • once complete, the University will emit 2,561 LESS tonnes of carbon
  • total implementation cost of the CMP is £601,300; estimated financial saving of £1.4M by 2015.

Carbon Management from the Carbon Trust provides technical and change management support to help Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) realise carbon emissions savings. The aim is to reduce emissions under the direct control of universities — whether caused by energy use in buildings, campus facilities or vehicle fleets.

Consultants help participating universities with workshops, meetings and other support tailored around a five step process. The process guides universities through: a systematic analysis of their carbon footprint, a calculation of the value at stake and the case for taking action, an assessment of opportunities to help manage carbon emissions, development of structured action plans for realising carbon savings, and embedding carbon management in the university’s day to day business. The programme addresses key drivers within the sector, enabling HEIs to:

1. Save money — by managing and reducing energy bills

2. Increase competitiveness — by being one of the best-managed universities

3. Meet regulation — preparing for incoming regulation and legislation

4. Lead by example — influencing business and the community

5. Improve reputation — responding to student and community expectations.

To be accepted into the programme, the University put forward a team that is committed to driving the programme forward.  This included sponsors from senior management who championed Carbon Management at the top of the organisation; a practical, enthusiastic and knowledgeable team leader, and willing, relevant stakeholders from across the institution.  All members of the team will have to apply a broad set of skills, including working across organisational boundaries, project management, regular stakeholder communication, data gathering, opportunity assessment and business case development, as well as enthusiastically promoting Carbon Management.

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