• Carbon and energy

    Oxford Brookes recognises that urgent action is required to reduce or halt climate change and avoid potentially irreversible environmental damage resulting from it.

    At Oxford Brookes, we have cut carbon emissions by 35% since 2005, and are ahead of our target of 34% reduction by 2025.

    Our new strategy sets a target of a 68% reduction of scope 1 & 2 emissions (those relating predominantly to our buildings and infrastructure) from 2010 levels by 2030. By 2040, we intend to become a net-zero carbon organisation, where only unavoidable emissions are offset. Download a copy of our latest carbon reduction strategy.

  • Reducing demand

    The best way to cut carbon is to reduce the need for energy in the first place. We do this through effective space planning and sustainable building design.

    Space planning is all about getting the most value from our existing building spaces. This allows us do more with less, thus saving energy whilst meeting the University’s space reduction targets.

    Sustainable building practices are used in all new and refurbished buildings and include strategies for reducing energy use and carbon emissions.

    Improving efficiency

    Since over 75% of our energy is used for space heating, hot water and lighting, we focus our energy efficiency projects in these key areas. This includes investments in new LED lighting and controls and better heating controls. Each year we invest over £250k from our internal carbon reduction budget into these projects.

    Using low-carbon energy

    Increasing the use of low-carbon energy is the third component to our carbon reduction strategy. Current 2% of our electricity is generated by rooftop photovoltaic panels.  Oxford Brookes' commitments to reduce the carbon intensity of the electricity grid are also needed to meet our carbon reduction targets since over half of our carbon emissions come from electricity use.

  • Energy consumption at Brookes

    Energy consumption pie chart