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With internationally recognized research into mitigating climate change occurring on campus, we take our University carbon footprint seriously, and are working to reduce our impact. We have set an ambitious target to reduce our carbon emissions by 35% by 2020, using our 2005/06 emissions as a baseline. This stems from the fourth theme of our strategy to make the most of our resources. Through reducing our carbon emissions and improving our energy efficiency, we aim to become a low carbon University.

We have a University Carbon Management Plan that is compliant with the Carbon Trust and Capital Investment Framework requirements which sets out how we are to achieve this. In addition to the Carbon Management Plan (see below) which manages scope 1 & 2 emissions, we use the University Environmental Management System to set targets related to Scope 3 emissions. The copy of the EMS Objective & Targets sheet can be found here.

An update of our annual performance, including Scope 1, 2 & 3 emissions, is included in our Annual Sustainability Report.

In 2015/16, 17% of Scope 1 & 2 emissions were attributed to Residential Services, with the majority of 1st-year students housed in University owned accommodation.

The University maintains an annual fund for ad-hoc replacement of small equipment that is proven to deliver good carbon or water savings. If you believe you have equipment that can be replaced which will deliver financial pay-back within a 5 year period please get in touch as sustainability@leeds.ac.uk.

Links:

Annual Sustainability Report (for Scope 3 emissions and other data)

CMP Full Document-June2011