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 have the sixth most carbon efficient estate in the HE sector relative to floor area (Scope 1 & 2 emissions only).

The 2015/16 Carbon Management Plan Annual Monitoring Report is available to download Carbon Management Plan Annual Monitoring Report 2015/16 and the 2016/17 Annual Monitoring Report will be available in Spring 2019. Our carbon management programme reporting year currently aligns with the end of the 2015/16 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.

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 take part in campus-wide energy saving initiatives throughout the year including through the University’s JUMP staff engagement programme, the NUS Student Switch Off programme, and the Campus Blackout.

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. Read more about our renewable electricity supply in the 2017/18 Renewable Energy Report.

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 wildflower roofs.

Reducing Water Consumption

The University has reduced water consumption by 41% per m2 of estate since 2006/07 and we have introduced a number of water saving initiatives to reduce our consumption including leak detection, automated meter reading and monitoring, waterless urinals, dual flush toilets, low volume cisterns and automatic taps.

Declaring a Climate Emergency

In June 2019, the University of Winchester announced its pledge to eliminate all unnecessary single-use plastic by December 2020 and called on individuals and the higher education sector to stand up and take action to combat the climate crisis.