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 2020. Annual targets and current project examples, and the halls energy saving project, are set out below.

Energy targets

A large array of solar panels


SMART targets for 2019-20

  • 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?

  • Average DEC rating for the university significant buildings is 60 in 2019.  BY August 2020 reduce the average DEC rating to 55.
  • Install fully functional fiscal meters on all sites and establish accurate synchronisation of all meters with aM&T system by August 2020.
  • Continue replacement programme of LED lighting with dimmable function and activity detection controls.  
  • Investigate the feasibility of installing a geothermal heat network at Severn Campus.

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 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 2018/19

Live Student Switch Off League Table

Carbon Management & Targets page