In 2009/10 the University of Brighton’s carbon footprint was 12,111 tonnes of CO2. This was primarily from gas, electricity and university vehicle use. The university is a fast-growing institution with a strong commitment to sustainable development and cannot ignore the damage that carbon emissions from its buildings, vehicles, waste and procurement are doing to the local environment.
The university is tackling its impacts in many ways and is working towards implementing an ambitious carbon reduction target of 50% reduction in 5 years against a 2009/10 baseline. Our target is more ambitious than that of any other HE institution in the UK. It will require many changes to the way we operate and will require everyone to be involved.
You can see the progress and plans for reducing the carbon footprint of the university by reading the university’s Carbon Management Plan (1285k pdf).
Carbon Trust Standard
The university was recently awarded the Carbon Trust Standard which is awarded to organisations who have cut their carbon and exhibit excellent practice in carbon management. This is a great achievement for the university and highlights the commitment of the institution to lowering our carbon footprint across all areas that we work in.