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Durham University


Carbon Management Programme and Plan

To meet Government targets for universities we set ourselves an ambitious target of a 30% carbon reduction by 2014 against a growing estate with world-class research facilities in a residential college setting. This brings with it both opportunities and challenges with regards to reducing our carbon emissions. The 30% reduction we agreed will have to be made across every area of our institution and we will need the participation of all of our staff and students to make this happen, as well as the active support of local organisations and suppliers. This Carbon Management Plan is not about restricting or limiting the activities of the University but instead is about making the University more efficient, eliminating waste and saving money that can support the academic activities.

As our first CMP has come to an end we are currently planning our CMP2 which will take us to 2020. The key strategic themes for CMP2 can be seen here. To this effect, the Plan also plays a key role in our Environmental Sustainability Vision, Policy and Strategy and Action Plan with detailed Key Performance Indicators.

We are always examining our processes to see where we can make more carbon savings. As well as focussing on our electricity and gas usage we must also apply a heavier focus to our travel emissions, in particular our business miles. Carbon reduction in the University needs the help of every staff and student member in order to realise maximum savings.

Read the first Carbon Management Plan here.