Carbon emissions slashed
12 October 2017 - Nick Boothroyd
Leeds Beckett has been ranked as the 23rd best performer in the University Carbon Performance Tables which measure the performance of all UK universities in reducing their carbon emissions.
The latest tables which are collated by BriteGreen show that the university has reduced its absolute carbon emissions by 34.6% between 2005 and the 2015/2016 academic year.
Absolute emissions metrics and intensity metrics based on income and floor space show that we have reduced our emissions from 13,150 (tCO2e) in 2014/2015 to 11,566 (tCO2e) in 2015/2016, a decrease of 1,585.
The analysis also indicates that we are on track to exceed our carbon reduction target of 35% by 2020 and are projected to have reduced our emissions by 44% by this time. A significant achievement when 59% of universities are predicted not to achieve their targets.
Mark Warner, Head of Sustainability said: “I’d like to congratulate the Sustainability, Maintenance and Projects teams within Estates for their hard work in reducing our carbon emissions.
“This reduction has been achieved through significant investment in the estate, for example the Portland and Calverley refurbishments have significantly improved airtightness and insulation.
“We’ve implemented improved controls on all major systems such as air handling, air conditioning, lighting and heating plant, installed photovoltaic arrays for on-site renewable energy and carried out continued maintenance on all equipment.
“Another contributing factor was the installation of the Combined Heat and Power unit in the Portland Boiler House which generates 20% of the electrical demand for Calverley, Portland, Lesley Silver and Woodhouse on-site as a by-product of producing heat.”
You can find out more about the university’s sustainability plans here.
You can find out more about the Brite Green 2015/16 University Carbon Progress Report here.