Having declared a climate emergency in July 2019 and adopted net zero carbon targets by 2030 in September 2020 we are now actively working with Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership, Worcestershire County Council and Worcester City council to develop decarbonisation strategies.

Our Heat Decarbonisation Plan sets out our desires to look at collaborative district heating opportunities and possible heat sources.  Our energy and water strategy sets out our approach and we invested £362,088 in insulation and double glazing to improve the building fabric  in March 2021 and have a further £1m investment planned for 2022. We have fully costed carbon reduction plans for all our buildings and an Energy Committee chaired by the Director of Finance to establish priorities, finance and the strategic implementation of what is needed to meet our targets. This reports directly to the University Executive Board.

The Future Heat Programme has the potential to join with other heat networks in the city of Worcester and save 35,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions prevented over the system lifetime, a techno-economic study is looking at the feasibility of this approach. We installed three major PV solar systems across the estate during 2021, with a combined generation potential of 295 kWp.  We have been awarded £1m PEEP funding to significantly increase the PV generation capacity, increase LED lighting and improve Building Management Systems. 

Our Display Energy Certificates (DECs) can be viewed here

Energy targets

A large array of solar panels

SMART targets for 2021-22

GHGe targets

  •  5% p.a. reduction GHGe emissions in energy against a 2018/19 baseline from 2020 to 2030.

Annual Consumption targets

  • An absolute energy consumption reduction of 901 MWh p.a. (5.9% p.a.) from 2019 to 2030, reducing consumption from 15,157 MWh in 2018-2019 to 4,348 in 2030-2031.  
  • A combined energy intensity reduction of target of p.a. 5.9% p.a. from 2019 to 2030, reducing consumption energy intensity from 162 kWh/GIA m2 in 2018-2019 to 53.56 kWh/GIA m2 in 2030-2031.   

Some examples of how will we achieve our energy targets?

  • Continue replacement programme of LED lighting (The Garage) with smart controls final year of revolving green fund- ends March 2022 
  • Install AEH occupancy controls in the Arena
  • Apply for funding to do second stage techno -economic feasibility of installing a heat network for 3 main campuses
  • Install PV arrays the Garage, Pierson, Woodbury to increase our renewable electricity generation capacity
  • Run Student Switch Off in halls to encourage students to save energy and water Increase student participation in Student Switch Off by 2% on 2020/21 levels (487 students- 54% 0f 902 residents)
  • Approve new decarbonisation plan for 3 main campuses to align to net zero carbon targets in this academic year.

The university measures the carbon for Scopes 1 and 2 attributes these across all our estate.  30.7% of our carbon is attributed to our residential accommodation, and 69.3% to our academic estate. The University houses the vast majority of students in its own on campus Halls.  Occasionally additional houses are rented if demand exceeds supply.

The SDG logo for 7. Affordable and Clean Energy, 9. Industry Innovation and Infrastructure and 12.Responsible Consumption and Production