University sector carbon progress report

University 2020 carbon targets: progress report

This is our third annual report on the carbon performance of HEFCE funded universities. This year the sector has reached an important milestone having achieved a 10% reduction since 2005.

The reductions have been achieved against a background of significant commercial growth and our research has shown that some institutions have delivered some outstanding emissions reductions. However, the gap between the top and bottom performance continue to grow and the sector remains well behind it’s reduction target of 43% by 2020

Independent analysis of the sector and each institution
This is our third progress report on carbon reductions in the higher education sector in England. Through our independent analysis we aim to support practitioners and key decision makers in their efforts to reduce carbon emissions.

As in previous years, we have provided a rigorous and impartial review of carbon performance and trends in the sector, and have published updated league tables on emissions performance. We have also produced detailed reports for every university to give tailored benchmarks of their performance.

It is with great pleasure that we can announce that SOAS University of London tops the league table for absolute emissions reductions, having reduced their emissions by 54% since 2005. This is remarkable achievement. The Royal Agricultural University tops both the emissions intensity performance tables demonstrating their strong commitment to energy efficiency.

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Brite Green university carbon management good practice guide

Good practice guide for carbon management
This year we have also published a good practice guide for carbon emissions for the sector. The guide is designed to give practical advice and insights, and also includes detailed analysis of the challenges and opportunities for institutions.

The guide draws on key principles from management system standards, the results of our first higher education sustainability management survey, and interviews with managers from across the sector. We have included case studies and comments from practitioners from across the UK to explore the common challenges and to showcase the extraordinary work that is being done to drive performance.

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Download a detailed report for your institution.

Download the latest sector carbon performance report.

Download the emissions performance tables for 2014/15.

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