Carbon Management Plan
In March 2013 the University adopted (at SMT and Finance Committee) its Carbon Management Plan 2010 – 2020. In 2015 the University, previously a single campus based at Singleton Park, undertook a substantial £450m, 65 acre expansion project opening the Bay Campus, becoming a dual campus university. Due to this substantial change in University facilities and population it was agreed by HEFCW and Swansea University that 2015 – 2016 be established as the relevant representative CMP baseline year.
Carbon Management Plan 2016-2026 , was developed in line with HEFCW & HEFCE requirements, building on the original 2013 Carbon Management Plan supported by the Carbon Trust.
Progress against the plan is reported annually as part of the Management Review undertaken alongside our ISO14001 Environmental Management System. (See Carbon Management Plan Governance Slide). This is undertaken at the SHE Committee, chaired by the University Registrar and Chief Operating Officer, and including cross organisational staff and student representation, alongside all three of the University’s trade unions.
The Carbon Management Plan covers the following emissions of the University and resets the baseline to 2015/16, setting new SMART carbon reduction targets for 2026 for Scope 1, 2 & 3 emissions:
The Carbon Management Plan provides:
- Clearly defined short, medium and long term SMART carbon reduction targets (e.g. 3.5% annually and 35% by 2026).
- A framework of carbon reduction measures, including investments required & expected savings (e.g. lower carbon development strategy and lower carbon mind set including communications and training).
- Clarity on carbon management governance, roles and responsibilities.
- A commitment to monitor and structure carbon reporting progress towards the targets publically annually (i.e. Scope 1, 2 and 3).
- Signposts to supporting documentation (e.g. Sustainability Strategy and Travel Plan)
- Reports, targets and sets out reduction measures for scope 3 emissions.
The Carbon Management Plan outlines:
Breakdown of carbon emissions attributed to residential and non-residential buildings during 2015/16:
The Carbon Management Plan also includes baseline and associated reduction targets for scope 1, 2 and 3 emissions.
The Carbon Management Plan will report on the following sector specific key performance indicators annually:
Opportunities for Student and Staff Engagement in Carbon Management
“A Lower Carbon Mind Set”, one of our five core carbon management plan reduction themes focuses on plans for student and staff engagement in carbon monitoring, management and reduction.
We recognise that we must engage the whole university community in carbon management in order to achieve our goal of lowering carbon emissions by 35% by 2026. Though the following projects we are unlocking our student and staff potential to lower our energy consumption, whilst informing and inspiring future generations to have a lower carbon mind set!
Please see some of our current engagement projects below: