The Carbon and Energy Reduction Officer provides expertise in the delivery of the University’s carbon management/energy conservation programme with the objective of reducing utilities expenditure and cutting carbon emissions within the context of Estates and Facilities, Property Services.
The University has previously achieved its target of reducing its operational carbon emissions by 30% by 2020/21 from a 2005/06 baseline. It is now actively working towards achieving Net-Zero carbon emissions for Scopes 1&2 by 2030.
In addition, the University is targeting Net-Zero Emissions for Scope 3 by 2045
What does this mean?
The University of Huddersfield is committed to responsible Carbon Management and will aim to increase energy efficiency and reduce carbon emission throughout all its direct operations (Scope 1&2) and supply chain (Scope 3).
To achieve these targets the University has established the Carbon Emergency Steering Group, chaired by the Deputy-Vice Chancellor Prof. Tim Thornton, with representation from the Huddersfield Students Union, senior leaders, academic, and professional staff. This group provides the direction of travel and the mandate for the University to achieve its goals.
The University spends over £2million pounds a year on energy to operate its campus, with that figure expected to rise significantly due to the ongoing energy crisis. Whilst the national grid is decarbonising, it is still heavily reliant on fossil fuels, as is the University in providing heat through the combustion of natural gas. This is not sustainable and is damaging our planet, that’s why the University is working hard to reduce energy consumption and increase efficiency, whilst investing in renewable energy to generate power on campus.
Developing the University estate by designing any new buildings to be as energy efficient as possible with the use of natural resources such as daylight. Investing in future improvements in energy metering and energy data management systems for monitoring, targeting, and reporting. Investing to save in retrofit projects such as variable speed drives, boiler replacements, installing low-energy lighting, and plant replacement.
In March 2022, the University completed Phase 1 of installing Solar Photovoltaic panels on the roof of the Laura Annie Willson Building to generate electricity. The 189.9kWp1 installed will generate an expected 150,000 kWh per year, the equivalent of forty average homes electricity consumption each year. During 2022/23 the University will deliver Phase 2 to generate a further 500,000kWh+ per year. Also, as part of Phase 2 the University will be installing Solar PV on 3MBIC to generate 80,000kWh per year.
1. Kilowatt Peak (kWp) the unit of measurement for the theoretical maximum output of a solar photovoltaic system
The University has reduced its direct carbon emissions, achieving its 2020/21 target two years ahead of schedule. This was during a period in which it expanded in size with the construction of Student Central, Oastler Building, Barbara Hepworth Building, Joseph Priestley East, and the Sovereign Design House.
In addition to the Net-Zero emissions target, the University has also adopted an absolute emissions target for Scopes 1&2 in line with the Science Based Targets Initiative (SBTI) to consistently reduce emissions year on year to keep global warming temperatures below 1.5oc
Scope 1: emissions from sources directly owned or controlled by the University e.g., fuel used in vehicles, natural gas combusted to produce heat in buildings
Scope 2: generated by use of energy bought from a utility provider e.g., electricity from the national grid, heat provided from a third party
Scope 3: occurring from sources that the University does not own or control e.g., emissions associated with business travel, procurement, waste, and water
This represents the largest source of emissions from the University's activities, and the hardest to manage due to them falling outside the organisations direct control. Included within Scope 3 are Business Travel, Goods and Services procured, construction, externally hosted ICT services, waste, and water management.
Scope 3 emissions can significantly vary year to year based upon both internal and external factors affecting the University e.g., the purchase of testing equipment and personal protective equipment (PPE) during the coronavirus pandemic led to an increase in associated emissions from Medical and Precision Instruments.
The University of Huddersfield is committed to the principles of environmental protection and sustainable development
This strategy includes the targets and overarching approach to achieving Carbon neutrality as an institution
This plan sets out the targets and principles on how the University will achieve its Net-Zero targets