You may have seen our lovely new Fairtrade cotton shopping bags at Freshers’ Fayre but did you know that we’ve got a target to reach with regards to reducing our carbon emissions?
In February 2011 the Board of Governors approved the University’s first Carbon Management Plan which set a target to reduce campus emissions by 43% by academic year 2020/21 against a 2005/06 baseline year. This is a figure set by the Higher Education Funding Council for England for the HE sector. We are currently on target to reach our first interim target of 29% reduction by 2017/18 BUT we will only achieve this if everyone makes an effort to reduce their energy consumption.
What can you do?
– very simply make sure you switch things off when you don’t need them anymore;
– challenge whether something needs to be left on (there are plenty of energy myths out there);
– could you put on a jumper/ open a window to increase your comfort rather than switching on a heater/ air con?
Want more information?