Carbon Management Plan
Carbon management needs to become embedded into everything that we do and into every role across LJMU.
LJMU is striving to become a low carbon university and the works outlined in the Carbon Management Plan are just the start, the catalyst for driving forwards further improvements and cultural change across the institution. The Carbon Management Plan brings together separate policies relating to transport, managing energy, procurement and waste management under one cohesive framework. The scope of the plan clearly demonstrates just how everything we do, from using our computers to travelling to work or printing out a document, has an impact on the environment. It also shines a light on the role that each and every one of us has to play in making LJMU greener and more sustainable.
LJMU is legally obliged to report and manage its carbon footprint. Just as importantly, it demonstrates that the University is a business that takes its corporate social responsibility seriously.
How big is LJMU’s carbon footprint?
LJMU’s carbon footprint measures the direct and indirect greenhouse gas emissions arising from the University’s activities. This includes emissions from utilities, LJMU-owned vehicles, business travel and waste management.
In 2008/09, the University’s total carbon emissions were 14,971 tonnes at a cost of just over £3.5million. LJMU is committed to reducing its C02 emissions by 25 per cent by 2015. This will primarily be achieved through a series of carbon abatement and embedding projects, which will save 97% of our reduction target.
Spend now, save later
The programme of works is extensive and will require an investment of £2.5million over the next five years. Once completed the works will not only help LJMU reduce its carbon emissions by 14,500 tonnes but will deliver huge energy savings worth £3.1million by 2016 based on current utility costs. After 2016, LJMU’s bills will reduce by some £760,000.
Big challenges ahead
The Government and HEFCE have issued a challenging target for universities to reduce their carbon emissions by 80% by 2050. LJMU must reduce its environmental impact and feasibility studies are being carried out on areas such as renewable energy applications, air conditioning and even the recycling of furniture over the next two years. The results from these studies will help identify further carbon saving projects.