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Sustainability

Introduction

The University consumed over 16,000 tonnes of carbon from all of its activities during the 2014-2015 academic year. Over 5,500 tonnes was produced from its energy consumption, refrigerants and the fuel used within University vehicles (Scope 1 and 2 emissions).

Graph showing the breakdown of the University's 2014-2015 carbon emissions

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

Liverpool Hope University has committed to reducing its absolute carbon emissions (Scope 1 and 2) by a minimum of:

  • 14% by 2017-2018
  • 21% by 2020-2021 from a 2005-2006 baseline

An annual reduction target of 2.5% from the 2014-2015 footprint has been targeted to work towards this. The University has a Carbon Management Plan in place to measure and monitor its carbon emissions and identify and prioritise carbon reduction projects.

  • Did you know: We have already reduced our Scope 1 and 2 emissions by 7% since 2005-2006

Graph showing the University's carbon reduction target from a 2005-2006 baseline to 2020-2021

Reduction Plan

Carbon Management Plan

The University has developed a Carbon Management Plan (CMP) covering energy consumption, refrigerants and the fuel used within University vehicles (Scope 1 and 2 emissions), waste and water (Scope 3 emissions) which has been approved by University Council.  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 Carbon Management Plan is currently being updated (2015-2016 to 2020-2021) to take into account the projects that have been implemented; to measure, monitor, and where possible, reduce, Scope 3 emissions; and include our revised carbon reduction targets.

Carbon emissions are separated into:

Scope 1 – All direct greenhouse gas emissions from sources that are owned or controlled by the University i.e. Gas consumption, Fuel used within University vehicles and Refrigerants

Scope 2 – Indirect greenhouse gas emissions from consumption of purchased electricity, heat and/or steam i.e. electricity consumption

Scope 3 – Other indirect emissions, such as transport-related activities not owned or controlled by the University i.e. waste, water, staff and student commuting, business travel, indirect emissions associated with Scope 1 and 2 emissions and Procurement.

Carbon Reduction

  • ‘Don’t stand-by and waste energy’ – the quickest, easiest and cheapest way to reduce our carbon emissions is to Switch It Off
  • Join our Student Switch Off or Green Impact campaigns
  • Think – Reduce – Reuse – Recycle
  • Solar photovoltaic panels are being installed on our new Health Sciences and Sports Buildings
  • We already have solar photovoltaic panels on the EDEN Building and as Plas Caerdeon and the EDEN building has solar thermal hot water
  • We have a programme of replacing all the lighting with LEDs
  • Have a look at our Top 5 tips for Living Sustainably at Hope
 

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 consumed over 16,000 tonnes of carbon from all of its activities during the 2014-2015 academic year. Over 5,500 tonnes was produced from its energy consumption, refrigerants and the fuel used within University vehicles (Scope 1 and 2 emissions).

Graph showing the breakdown of the University's 2014-2015 carbon emissions

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

Liverpool Hope University has committed to reducing its absolute carbon emissions (Scope 1 and 2) by a minimum of:

  • 14% by 2017-2018
  • 21% by 2020-2021 from a 2005-2006 baseline

An annual reduction target of 2.5% from the 2014-2015 footprint has been targeted to work towards this. The University has a Carbon Management Plan in place to measure and monitor its carbon emissions and identify and prioritise carbon reduction projects.

  • Did you know: We have already reduced our Scope 1 and 2 emissions by 7% since 2005-2006

Graph showing the University's carbon reduction target from a 2005-2006 baseline to 2020-2021

Reduction Plan

Carbon Management Plan

The University has developed a Carbon Management Plan (CMP) covering energy consumption, refrigerants and the fuel used within University vehicles (Scope 1 and 2 emissions), waste and water (Scope 3 emissions) which has been approved by University Council.  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 Carbon Management Plan is currently being updated (2015-2016 to 2020-2021) to take into account the projects that have been implemented; to measure, monitor, and where possible, reduce, Scope 3 emissions; and include our revised carbon reduction targets.

Carbon emissions are separated into:

Scope 1 – All direct greenhouse gas emissions from sources that are owned or controlled by the University i.e. Gas consumption, Fuel used within University vehicles and Refrigerants

Scope 2 – Indirect greenhouse gas emissions from consumption of purchased electricity, heat and/or steam i.e. electricity consumption

Scope 3 – Other indirect emissions, such as transport-related activities not owned or controlled by the University i.e. waste, water, staff and student commuting, business travel, indirect emissions associated with Scope 1 and 2 emissions and Procurement.

Carbon Reduction

  • ‘Don’t stand-by and waste energy’ – the quickest, easiest and cheapest way to reduce our carbon emissions is to Switch It Off
  • Join our Student Switch Off or Green Impact campaigns
  • Think – Reduce – Reuse – Recycle
  • Solar photovoltaic panels are being installed on our new Health Sciences and Sports Buildings
  • We already have solar photovoltaic panels on the EDEN Building and as Plas Caerdeon and the EDEN building has solar thermal hot water
  • We have a programme of replacing all the lighting with LEDs
  • Have a look at our Top 5 tips for Living Sustainably at Hope
 

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.