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.

By the end of academic year 2016/17, UCA had reduced absolute annual carbon emissions (CO2e) from energy consumption by 37% compared to its 2005 baseline.

In 2015/16, 70% of UCA carbon emissions from energy consumption were from campus buildings and 30% from UCA student halls of residence.

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 26th for percentage reduction in absolute carbon emissions between 2005 and 2015/16 and 7th for percentage reduction in carbon intensity (KgCO2e/m2).

A renewable energy source (solar panels) was commissioned at our Epsom campus in 2012. A new solar panel array was installed at Hopfield House UCA Farnham, in spring 2017, which is expected to generate almost two megawatt hours of electricity a year.

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. 

In addition surplus, used office furniture is donated to local causes. Almost 200 items of furniture including desks, office chairs and storage have been donated in 2017 to organisations in Farnham, including the Scouts, residential care homes and a school.

A new staff & student car sharing scheme will be launched in spring 2018 and staff Cycle-to-Work and season ticket loans are available.

A draft Sustainable Travel Plan was developed for Farnham campus in spring 2017. This together with plans for the other campuses will be completed in early 2018.

Useful documents
Please click on links below to view the documents.

UCA’s third Carbon Management Plan 2015/16 to 2019/20

UCA Energy & Environment Report 2016/17
UCA Energy & Environment Report 2015/16
UCA Energy & Environment Report 2013/14