Carbon & Energy Management

‌We have a deep academic appreciation of the environmental issues that face us all. That’s why reducing the energy we use and the carbon we generate is at the very heart of our values.

Energy & Carbon Reduction Commitment

Global warming, climate change, rising energy costs and resource depletion are issues that we, as leaders in environmental research and teaching, are well positioned to help address.

That is why we are resolute in our commitment to reduce our carbon emissions, ambitious in our reduction target and passionate about the projects we are implementing in order to achieve it.

Carbon Management Plan

The Carbon Management Plan (CMP) is where we quantify our energy usage and carbon emissions and bring together our carbon reduction activity. It is our blueprint for changing the ways in which we build, light and heat campus – and travel to and from it. 

Annual Energy and Carbon Reports

How are we doing? You'll find details of our progress against targets, our latest work and next steps in our Carbon Management Plan and annual Environmental Performance Report 2013-14.

Wind Turbine

The wind turbine produces 11-17% of the university's electricity and demonstrates our commitment to carbon reduction and sustainability. 

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Combined Heat and Power Unit

The CHP is a gas fired engine that produces heat and electricity. It has half the carbon emissions of electricity from the grid and is significantly cheaper.

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Biomass Boiler

The biomass boiler burns woodchip to generate heat, which is then fed into the University's district heating system. It supplies 16% of the campus heating demand.  

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Thermal Store

The Thermal Store reduces carbon emissions by enabling the CHP to generate low carbon electricity for extended hours when the heat generated is not required.

Voltage Change

The voltage of the University internal electricity distribution network has been reduced by 7% in two phases in 2009 and 2010.  The reduction in voltage is calculated to have reduced electricity consumption by >1%. 

Utility Metering Project

Comprehensive internal sub-metering of utilities (gas, electricity, water and hot water) has been installed in all major buildings.  The metering system enables identification and assessment of utility consumption in order to identify potential savings.  

Energy and Utility Efficiency Projects

An programme of efficiency projects has been implemented, focussing on short-medium payback projects across campus.  Recently implemented projects have included re-insulation of the district heating system and retrofitting of LED lighting in LEC glasshouses.    

Gas Boilers

The University won £500k grant funding from HEFCE to install the biomass boiler in the Energy Centre.  The 0.95Mw boiler was in operation by December 2012 and reduces carbon emissions by 950tCO2e during a normal heating season.    

Building Energy Systems

A comprehensive survey of all buildings across campus has been completed in order to identify energy and utility efficiency projects.  Over 950 energy saving opportunities were identified in the surveys and these have been assessed for feasibility and ranked. 

Behaviour Change

We are committed to keeping all our staff, students and the wider community informed of our work, and to encouraging and reinforcing the good habits that make change stick. We intend to do this via our Environmental Champions and the Green Lancaster Action Plan.