Environmental performance

Carbon emissions
UCA’s third Carbon Management Plan was approved in 2016 and sets out plans to achieve a 37% reduction in absolute carbon emissions by 2019/20 compared to 2005 levels.

In 2014/15, 73% of UCA carbon emissions from energy consumption were from campus buildings and 27% from UCA student halls of residence.

By the end of academic year 2014/15, UCA had reduced absolute annual carbon emissions (CO2e) from energy consumption by 26% compared to its 2005 baseline.

Improvements in energy efficiency have reduced carbon intensity (the weight of carbon emissions per square meter of internal area) from 75 kg CO2e/m2 in 2008/09 to 64 kg CO2e/m2 in 2014/15.

According to an independent league table (BriteGreen) of 127 English Universities, UCA is ranked 21st for percentage reduction in absolute carbon emissions between 2007/08 and 2013/14 and 8th for percentage reduction in carbon intensity (KgCO2e/m2). These are the highest rankings for any specialist Art and Design University in the UK.

Since April 2013 all of UCA campus electricity has been delivered on a green tariff and a renewable energy source (solar panels) was commissioned at our Epsom campus in 2012.

Recycling schemes operate on all campuses and directly-managed student residences and food waste composting and collection services operate at UCA Farnham and UCA Epsom. UCA is developing a new approach to waste management that incorporates 'circular economy' principles and is one of the national pilots for BS8001

UCA’s 5HARE car-sharing scheme is available at www.5hare.co.uk and staff cycle-to-work and season ticket loans are available.

Useful documents, please click on links below to view and/or download: 

UCA’s third Carbon Management Plan 2015/16 to 2019/20
UCA Energy & Environment Report 2013/14
UCA Energy & Environment Report 2015/16


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