The strategy for carbon reduction for HE in England comprises:
- sector-level targets for carbon reduction
- a requirement for institutional targets and carbon-management plans
- funding incentives.
HEFCE activities on carbon reduction
To help the sector reduce carbon emissions, we work in the following areas:
- providing recoverable grants through the Revolving Green Fund (RGF) for projects that reduce institutions' emissions
- good practice guidance on producing carbon reduction strategies, targets and associated carbon management plans
- a report to estimate carbon dioxide emission baselines for each HEI that we fund. The baselines were provided to help institutions make submissions to the second Capital Investment Framework
- measuring scope 3 carbon emissions.
We have published carbon data, provided by institutions as part of the Capital Investment Framework; a commitment to transparency is consistent with the Environmental Information Regulations.
This data included institutions 2020 carbon reduction targets (against a 2005 baseline), which will contribute to the sector target of a 43 per cent reduction over the same period.
Institutional targets are not required to be the same as the sector target because it is recognised that each institution will be able to make a different contribution to the target, and that carbon emissions will vary according to several factors.
The collective impact of institutional targets is a 38 per cent reduction between 2005 and 2020. This is slightly lower than the sector-level target, but demonstrates the commitment of the sector to reducing emissions.
Performance against the sector level target is published annually using data collected through the Estates Management Record.
Carbon baselines and targets
Comments from institutions on their carbon data and target (Please note that not all institutions provided a statement)
Useful publications on carbon reduction
Research report into a carbon reduction target and strategy for higher education in England 2009
Impact assessments of carbon reduction in HE
In developing our policy towards carbon reduction, we have assessed its impact on the HE sector in terms of regulatory burden, equality and diversity, and sustainable development.
For more information on reducing carbon emissions see our frequently asked questions or contact Lis Edwards, tel 0117 931 7222, email firstname.lastname@example.org.