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Introduction

The University is determined to manage and reduce its emissions through monitoring and reporting usage, resource efficiency, investment in mitigation technologies and improved awareness. Visit the Why is Carbon Management important tab for further details. 

  • Reduce our contribution to climate change
  • Reduce our spend – last year we spent nearly £1.4 million just on our utilities
  • Conserve Resources
  • Comply with legislation

The University's carbon footprint during the 2015-2016 academic year was over 16,500 tonnes

Liverpool Hope University's carbon footprint for the 2015-2016 academic year

Over 5,000 tonnes was produced from its energy consumption, fugitive emissions and the fuel used within University vehicles (known as Scope 1 and 2 emissions).  We have set reduction targets for Scope 1 and 2 emissions: 

  • 20% by 2017-2018
  • 26% by 2020-2021 from a 2005-2006 baseline

The University's Carbon Management Plan sets out the procedures to measure and monitors its carbon emissions and identify and prioritise carbon reduction projects.

  • Did you know: We have already reduced our Scope 1 and 2 emissions by 18% since 2005-2006

Scope 1 and 2 carbon emissions between 2005-2006 and 2016-2017 and 2020-2021 targets

What are we doing?

Carbon Management Plan

The University's Carbon Management Plan (CMP) covers energy consumption, fugitive emissions and the fuel used within University vehicles (Scope 1 and 2 emissions), waste and recycling, construction waste, water, supply chain emissions, business travel, and staff and student commuting (Scope 3 emissions).  The CMP (2009-2010 to 2014-2015) contains a range of carbon reduction projects, awareness raising campaigns and feasibility studies, which will determine the scale, financial costs and carbon reduction of potential future projects. 

The CMP has been updated to 2020-2021 to include the targets set within the University's Corporate Plan and to include a broader scope of emissions and to take into account the projects we've already completed and outline the future reduction projects that we've identified. 

Current Projects 

  • LED lighting in the library - Ground and First Floor book areas
  • Replacement windows in HCA
  • Increasing the amount of insulation in the HCA West Wing roof
  • Installation of gas and electricity sub-meters across the University - so we know which building is consuming what
  • I HEART MY Campus Challenge
  • Improvements to the Building Management Systems - to allow greater control over the operation of the buildings
  • Installation of self-closing taps 

Completed Projects (2016-2017)

  • New Mixed Recycling and Waste bins in the Catering outlets 
  • Installation of double glazing at Plas Caerdeon
  • LED lighting - Cornerstone refectory and corridors (emergency lighting is complete)
  • Solar panels installed on the Health Sciences building
  • Pack for Good 2017 - working with the British Heart Foundation to collect unwanted items when the students leave their residences.  
    • In 2017 the students collected 272 bags of unwanted items raising over £3808 for the British Heart Foundation 

Students collected unwanted items at the end of term to donate to the British Heart Foundation's Pack for Good iniative

What can I do?

 

Why?

Why is carbon management important?

 

Reduce our contribution to climate change

Climate Change is recognised as one of the greatest environmental challenge facing the world.  Carbon dioxide (CO2) is a greenhouse gas which contributes to climate change; a considerable proportion of the rise in greenhouse gases can be attributed to human emissions, with these changes potentially accelerating in the future.

 

Reduce our annual utility spend

Annually, we spend over £1.1 million on gas and electricity (around £3,000 per day!) and over £230,000 on water and sewerage; and the cost of utilities are increasing year on year. The University is also part of the Carbon Reduction Commitment Energy Efficiency Scheme where we have to pay for each tonne of carbon released from our consumption of gas and electricity.  By reducing our consumption we can make savings which can then be used elsewhere within the University.

 

Conserve resources

The fuels used to provide our energy is a finite resource and we need to conserve these reserves - the energy the University uses each year is enough to heat over 1000 homes. 

Water is a precious resource; it is not as abundant as you might think!  Around 75% of the earth’s surface is covered by water, only about 0.3% is available for consumption.  Using water also increases out carbon footprint through using gas for heating the water, for pumping the water to its point of use and for its treatment. 

 

Comply with legislation

There is now wide ranging legislation, strategies, regulation and guidance throughout all sectors to minimise carbon emissions. 

Following the Climate Change Act (2008) the British Government adopted rigorous targets in respect of reducing carbon emissions (greenhouse gases) and the University sector in particular is expected to be at the forefront of sustainable practice. To this end, the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), have set sector reduction targets, although each University can set their own targets.  HEFECE also require each University to have a Carbon Management Plan, detailing all Scope 1 and 2 emissions from 2005-2006 to present, have a reduction target in place to 2020-2021 and to detail projects which will enable each University to meet its own targets.

Introduction

The University is determined to manage and reduce its emissions through monitoring and reporting usage, resource efficiency, investment in mitigation technologies and improved awareness. Visit the Why is Carbon Management important tab for further details. 

  • Reduce our contribution to climate change
  • Reduce our spend – last year we spent nearly £1.4 million just on our utilities
  • Conserve Resources
  • Comply with legislation

The University's carbon footprint during the 2015-2016 academic year was over 16,500 tonnes

Liverpool Hope University's carbon footprint for the 2015-2016 academic year

Over 5,000 tonnes was produced from its energy consumption, fugitive emissions and the fuel used within University vehicles (known as Scope 1 and 2 emissions).  We have set reduction targets for Scope 1 and 2 emissions: 

  • 20% by 2017-2018
  • 26% by 2020-2021 from a 2005-2006 baseline

The University's Carbon Management Plan sets out the procedures to measure and monitors its carbon emissions and identify and prioritise carbon reduction projects.

  • Did you know: We have already reduced our Scope 1 and 2 emissions by 18% since 2005-2006

Scope 1 and 2 carbon emissions between 2005-2006 and 2016-2017 and 2020-2021 targets

What are we doing?

Carbon Management Plan

The University's Carbon Management Plan (CMP) covers energy consumption, fugitive emissions and the fuel used within University vehicles (Scope 1 and 2 emissions), waste and recycling, construction waste, water, supply chain emissions, business travel, and staff and student commuting (Scope 3 emissions).  The CMP (2009-2010 to 2014-2015) contains a range of carbon reduction projects, awareness raising campaigns and feasibility studies, which will determine the scale, financial costs and carbon reduction of potential future projects. 

The CMP has been updated to 2020-2021 to include the targets set within the University's Corporate Plan and to include a broader scope of emissions and to take into account the projects we've already completed and outline the future reduction projects that we've identified. 

Current Projects 

  • LED lighting in the library - Ground and First Floor book areas
  • Replacement windows in HCA
  • Increasing the amount of insulation in the HCA West Wing roof
  • Installation of gas and electricity sub-meters across the University - so we know which building is consuming what
  • I HEART MY Campus Challenge
  • Improvements to the Building Management Systems - to allow greater control over the operation of the buildings
  • Installation of self-closing taps 

Completed Projects (2016-2017)

  • New Mixed Recycling and Waste bins in the Catering outlets 
  • Installation of double glazing at Plas Caerdeon
  • LED lighting - Cornerstone refectory and corridors (emergency lighting is complete)
  • Solar panels installed on the Health Sciences building
  • Pack for Good 2017 - working with the British Heart Foundation to collect unwanted items when the students leave their residences.  
    • In 2017 the students collected 272 bags of unwanted items raising over £3808 for the British Heart Foundation 

Students collected unwanted items at the end of term to donate to the British Heart Foundation's Pack for Good iniative

What can I do?

 

Why?

Why is carbon management important?

 

Reduce our contribution to climate change

Climate Change is recognised as one of the greatest environmental challenge facing the world.  Carbon dioxide (CO2) is a greenhouse gas which contributes to climate change; a considerable proportion of the rise in greenhouse gases can be attributed to human emissions, with these changes potentially accelerating in the future.

 

Reduce our annual utility spend

Annually, we spend over £1.1 million on gas and electricity (around £3,000 per day!) and over £230,000 on water and sewerage; and the cost of utilities are increasing year on year. The University is also part of the Carbon Reduction Commitment Energy Efficiency Scheme where we have to pay for each tonne of carbon released from our consumption of gas and electricity.  By reducing our consumption we can make savings which can then be used elsewhere within the University.

 

Conserve resources

The fuels used to provide our energy is a finite resource and we need to conserve these reserves - the energy the University uses each year is enough to heat over 1000 homes. 

Water is a precious resource; it is not as abundant as you might think!  Around 75% of the earth’s surface is covered by water, only about 0.3% is available for consumption.  Using water also increases out carbon footprint through using gas for heating the water, for pumping the water to its point of use and for its treatment. 

 

Comply with legislation

There is now wide ranging legislation, strategies, regulation and guidance throughout all sectors to minimise carbon emissions. 

Following the Climate Change Act (2008) the British Government adopted rigorous targets in respect of reducing carbon emissions (greenhouse gases) and the University sector in particular is expected to be at the forefront of sustainable practice. To this end, the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), have set sector reduction targets, although each University can set their own targets.  HEFECE also require each University to have a Carbon Management Plan, detailing all Scope 1 and 2 emissions from 2005-2006 to present, have a reduction target in place to 2020-2021 and to detail projects which will enable each University to meet its own targets.