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At Oxford Brookes, we have cut carbon emissions by 35% since 2005, and are ahead of our target of 34% reduction by 2025. See our Carbon Reduction Strategy and Carbon Reduction Action Plan for details.
The 2020/21 Strategy and Action Plan are currently going through a period of consultation, these will be updated on approval, but will address our wider aspirations and targets for 'Net Zero'.
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. See our Space Strategy and visit Estates Development for more.
Sustainable building practices are used in all new and refurbished buildings and include strategies for reducing energy use and carbon emissions.
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.
Increasing the use of low-carbon energy is the third component to our carbon reduction strategy. Currently 12% of our electricity is generated on-site by low-carbon Combined Heat and Power (CHP) units with rooftop solar PV panels providing another 1% of our electricity. Government 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.
Despite our best efforts to save energy, we can't do it alone. We need your help. Just by following these three tips below, you can help to significantly reduce wasted energy use and carbon emissions at Brookes.
Please contact the Sustainability Team if you have ideas on how we can further save energy in our buildings.