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At Oxford Brookes, we have cut carbon emissions by
since 2005, and are ahead of our target of
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.