Energy and Utility Plan

Lancaster University recognises that its energy consumption has significant impact both financially and environmentally, and that it has a duty to minimise energy costs, reduce energy waste and carbon emissions.

Download the Energy and Utilities Plan

The Energy and Utilities Plan outlines Lancaster University’s strategic objectives for reducing utility consumption, costs and carbon emissions.

Energy and Utility Plan

New Build and Refurbishment

The development of campus is outlined in the Campus Masterplan which features a range of new-builds and a rolling refurbishment programme. To ensure these projects meet the University's expectations for energy efficiency, the University's Minimum Standard Specification for energy systems is being reviewed and improved.

Particular attention will be paid to large-scale new build projects and significant refurbishment projects. Efforts will be made to influence the utility efficiency of these initiatives at an early enough stage for them to make an equitable contribution to the University's long-term carbon targets.

Ariel View of the green fields around the campus.


A focus on awareness and engagement will be delivered by promotional initiatives such as the student "switch-off" competition, delivered in cooperation with an external partner and the Green Lancaster team.

Run annually across all student residences, subject to UPP participation, this will raise awareness of the impact utilities saving has in support of the wider carbon reduction and sustainability agenda. An existing network of environmental champions, invited to participate in the utility management program, will enable their local knowledge and insight to offer invaluable support in effectively communicating and delivering localised or campus wide utility management initiatives.

Students taking part in Green Lancaster.

Get involved

Launched in 2015 to engage with students and promote sustainability, Green Lancaster has evolved to become a passionate community, committed to tackling the toughest environmental issues of today. The Green Lancaster team host a wide variety of events and initiatives throughout each year to give everyone the chance to get involved.

Green Lancaster
Students supporting Green Lancaster.