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 high-level heat decarbonisation strategy 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. A  fully costed decarbonisation action plan is being drafted to show detailed projects which will help us reach these stretching targets this will be published in Autumn 2021. 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 are actively seeking funding to implement heat pumps and have had PEEP funding approved for PV installations on two buildings on St John's campus.

Energy targets

A large array of solar panels

SMART targets for 2020-21

GHGe targets

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

Annual Consumption targets

  •  3% reduction in kWh gas consumption from 2018/19
  •  3% reduction in total kWh electricity consumption from 2018/19

Some examples of how will we achieve our energy targets?

  • Continue replacement programme of LED lighting with smart controls. 
  • Apply for funding to do second stage feasibility of installing a geothermal heat network at Severn Campus
  • Install 100kWp photovoltaic array at the Arena to increase our renewable electricity generation capacity  
  • Run Student Switch Off in halls to encourage students to save energy and water
  • Approve new decarbonisation of heat plan for major buildings and update energy and water strategies to align to zero carbon targets in this academic year.

Carbon Management & Targets page  

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