Carbon Management and Reduction, Energy and Water

The University was one of the first members of the Carbon Trust's Higher Education Carbon Management programme and created its initial Carbon Management Plan (CMP) in 2006/07.

Having achieved our initial 2015 target of 30% reduction per m2, we undertook a review of our whole carbon management programme and launched our new CMP in September 2016.

We have reduced our CO2 emissions intensity by 45% per m2, of estate since 2006/07 (the baseline year) and now has the fourth most carbon efficient estate in the HE sector relative to floor area (Scope 1 & 2 emissions only).

The 2016/17 Carbon Management Plan report will be available in September 2017. Our carbon management programme reporting year currently aligns with the end of the 2014/15 academic year and we have delayed publishing our annual report to allow us to benchmark ourselves against the sector. As the Estates Management Record contains the data required and is released by HESA after the end of each academic year, we start work on our progress report the following June.

In recognition of its achievements, the University was the first business in Winchester to achieve the Winchester Carbon Smart Gold Certification in 2012 and has retained the gold standard every year since.

Carbon Impact infographic


Reducing Energy Consumption

The University is committed to reducing its carbon emissions and a number of behaviour change initiatives and technical interventions are in place across the campus designed to cut our carbon footprint. Students and staff are encouraged to take part in campus-wide carbon reduction initiatives throughout the year including NUS Student Switch Off and Campus Blackout. The University also runs several additional competitions for students in halls on water and energy reduction.

In a new initiative, we are offsetting the air travel of the Student Recruitment department for all flights taken during the 2016/17 academic year. Once the data has been compiled and the CO2e calculated using Defra conversion factors, the department will select a Gold Standard carbon offset project to support.

100% of the electricity we buy is sourced from renewables and we currently generate over 50,000 kWhs from solar panels installed on four roof spaces across campus.

The University has invested over £1.5m in energy efficiency projects since 2010 to reduce carbon emissions. Carbon and energy reduction projects include;

  • Building Management Systems installation
  • Automated Metering Reading equipment
  • LED Lighting and Controls
  • Boiler replacements
  • Motors replacements and upgrades
  • Insulation of buildings and pipework

The University is committed to building all new buildings to the BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method) Excellent standard. Past BREEAM buildings built on the campus feature a number of sustainable design innovations such as natural ventilation, energy-efficient lighting and controls, air source heat pumps, solar photovoltaic panels, sub-metering and a wildflower roofs.

Reducing Water Consumption

The University is committed to reducing water consumption across its Estate. We have employed a number of water saving initiatives to reduce our consumption.

  • Leak detection
  • Automated Meter Reading and Monitoring
  • Waterless urinals
  • Dual flush toilets
  • Low volume cisterns
  • Automatic taps 

The University has reduced water consumption by 41% per m2 of estate since 2006/07.

In September 2016, we gave away 1500 Showerbob shower timers to students, including installing one every shower in halls of residence on campus and in our university-managed houses in the city.