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Durham University


Energy Management Policy


Durham University recognises that, as a major user of energy, it has an important role to play in helping to tackle climate change by significantly reducing its CO2 emissions. We are committed to responsible energy management and the highest standards in energy efficiency. It is in the University's best interest to reduce the amount of money it spends on energy, releasing funds for other purposes. At the same time, reducing energy consumption helps the University to reduce its environmental impact.


As a key element of the University's Environmental Sustainability Vision, Policy and Strategy, and consistent with the University's wider objectives and the resources available, the Energy Management Policy aims to:

  • reduce fuel consumption through the introduction of energy-efficient measures;
  • increase awareness of energy issues and encourage all members of the University to help reduce energy consumption whenever they can;
  • ensure that the highest energy-efficient design standards are included in all new buildings;
  • wherever possible, obtain energy from sustainable sources.

This Policy and the accompanying Energy Management Strategic Plan have been prepared by the Estates and Facilities (E&F) Department working closely with the Environmental Sustainability Strategic Planning Group (ESSPG). It was approved by the University Executive Committee and endorsed by University Council. ESSPG has overall responsibility for the policy and strategy; E&F is responsible for its delivery and joint responsibility for annual review.