We spend around £1.6m on energy and utilities annually at Edinburgh Napier. During the 2006/07 academic financial year, energy accounted for 87% of all carbon emissions emitted from the University. By 2017/18 we reduced electricity consumption by 19%, gas by 57% and water by 57%.
The support of all staff, students and visitors is vital to enable us to reduce further. Simple steps such as switching off unnecessary lights or equipment can really make a collective and significant difference.
The University has spent almost £1m on energy-saving projects over the past ten years. Over their lifetime, the projects are expected to save £3.2m and 16,521.44t CO2e by reducing electricity and gas use.
We also have solar panels at Sighthill and Merchiston, which generated 28,398 kWH in 2017/18 - enough to boil 283,980 kettles!
To see how some of our recent projects have helped save energy, please look at our Buildings and Estates page.
The measurement of carbon presents an excellent opportunity to monitor and manage the environmental impact of the University, notably the amount of energy and water consumed, waste generated, business travel by staff and students and also the day-to-day and term-time commute. We are working to reduce carbon across all aspects of our work and estate.
Carbon emissions resulting from the consumption of electricity, gas and water at Edinburgh Napier's academic buildings have reduced by 54% between 2006/07 and 2017/18 and by 12% over the last year, exceeding our target to reduce emissions by 38%.
Carbon Management Plan
Our Carbon Management Plan was the first environmental plan of any sort implemented at Edinburgh Napier, developed in 2007/08 to pull together all aspects of environmental impact resulting from of the use of energy, business and commuter transport, disposal and recycling of waste and consumption of water.
To ensure ratification and assessment of our work, we gained the Carbon Trust Standard in 2010, superseded with the Carbon Masters Standard in 2012. We also gained the Carbon Trust Water Standard in 2014. We were finalists in both the 2011 and 2012 Environmental Association of Universities and Colleges Green Gown Awards Carbon Reduction Category for our efforts.
Similar to the original, the updated plan contains a wealth of information, with detailed project plans and a greater emphasis on participation of staff and students at Edinburgh Napier, including switch-off campaigns and greater appreciation of resource consumption over all campuses and University buildings.
You can read the plan in full here: Carbon Management Plan, 2008-2015