The University's Energy Officer leads both practical projects and behavioural change programs.

Our Energy Officer implements our Energy Management Strategy This will be fully reviewed once the new Sustainability Strategy gains approval early in 2019. Annual targets and current project examples, and here, are set out below.

Energy targets

A large array of solar panels


SMART targets for 2018-19

  • 5% p.a. reduction GHGe emissions in energy against a 2008/9 baseline from 2010 to 2020.

  • 6% reduction in kWh gas consumption from 2015-16 levels

  • 6% reduction in total kWh electricity consumption from 2015-16 levels

Some examples of how will we achieve our energy targets?

  • Create an energy action plan for all University significant buildings to improve the DEC to target levels by August 2019.
  • Continue replacement programme of LED lighting with dimmable function and activity detection controls. All halls to be fully LED by September 2019.  Woodbury building by 2020.  
  • Continue Energize Worcester – phase 2 longitudinal research with Worcester Bosch, Worcester City Council and Student Union publishing regular interim reports spring 2019  

Energy management projects

The University hosts energy management students studying at the Département Génie Thermique et Energie in the French university, IUT de Belfort-Montbéliard. Embedded within the Estates department is a 12-week placement where students scrutinise the University buildings performance and energy consumption and have engaged with phase two of Energize Worcester - phase two.

This exciting and important research explores the wider role of technological innovation (smart boiler controls – apps to manage appliances in the home) in producing new opportunities for energy management for young people living in shared rental properties.

The research includes 150 in-depth interviews with students and landlords to ascertain their attitudes toward domestic energy management, and the opportunities and potential limitations to the effective operation of these new, innovative systems. This project won a Green Apple Award in November 2018.

Student Switch Off

This energy-saving campaign, running in University of Worcester halls of residence, encourages students to evaluate their own energy usage. The campaign offers incentives for students to change their energy behaviour and to use energy responsibly and the hall that saves the most electricity is rewarded with a pizza and ice cream party.

Student Switch Off report 2017/18

Live Student Switch Off League Table

Carbon Management & Targets page