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Durham University


Carbon Management Projects

Ring-Fenced Carbon Budget

Have an idea for cutting carbon? Second funding round now open - Closing date Friday 22nd April 2022!

Since 2011, the ring-fenced carbon budget has been used to fund over 100 projects, generating cumulative carbon savings of around 847 tonnes of CO2e per year.

Every year £100,000 is available to spend on carbon saving projects. These can be anything from training or publicity materials to timer switches or new equipment. Applications are welcome from all members of staff from across the University. If you have an idea that you would like to discuss before applying, please get in touch at

How to apply

There are two opportunities to apply over the course of the year. The first application window falls within the Michaelmas Term and the second within the Easter Term. Please use this project template to make an application. Applications are assessed on a number of factors including carbon and financial savings, payback duration, capital cost and ease of implementation. Please return completed submissions to We look forward to hearing from you.

A list of all emission conversion factors are available here.

Project Examples


Replacement of inefficient fridges and freezers


Replacement of old rotary vane vacuum pumps


Microfluidization of graphite into graphene in aqueous solution


Secure cycle parking


Replacement of water condensers with waterless air condensers



Carbon budgeting

Business School

Push taps

St Aidan’s

Repair of existing windows and installation of secondary glazing

Music Department

Variable compressor