Sustainability

Carbon Reduction Targets

Canterbury Christ Church University’s carbon reduction targets are:

  • to reduce Scope 1 & 2 carbon dioxide emissions from electricity, gas and University vehicles by 35% from the 2009-10 level by July 2016.

  • to reduce Scope 1 & 2 emissions by 57% from the 2009-10 level by 2020.

  • to reduce Scope 3 emissions from business travel, water and waste by 20%  from the 2009/10 level by March 2016 and by 35%  by 2020.

The baseline for staff and student commuting will be determined in the 2011-12 academic year.

  • Scope 3 CO2 emissions from staff and student commuting will be subject to a 20% reduction target from the established baseline by 2020.

Through the implementation of the carbon management plan the University will work to determine the scope of CO2 emissions from its procurement activities and ways that these can be reduced.

A vision target for 2050 CO2 emissions levels will be published by 2016.

Relationship to national and HE sector targets

The Climate Change Act 2008 gives national targets of a 34% reduction in Scope 1 & 2 emissions by 2020 and an 80% reduction by 2050, all set against a baseline of the UK emissions in 1990.

Through the joint consultation by HEFCE, UUK & Guild HE it was established that most of the sector did not have reliable enough data to establish a 1990 baseline and so sector targets against a 2005/6 academic year baseline were agreed.

In 2005/6 CCCU’s Scope 1 & 2 emissions from electricity, gas and owned vehicles were 6940 tCO2e

The CCCU target for 2020 of a 57% reduction in Scope 1 & 2 emissions from the 2009/10 level represents a 43% reduction from 2005/6 emissions. This is in line with the sector target.

The interim target covered by this plan for a 35% reduction in Scope 1 & 2 emissions from the 2009/10 level by 2015/16 represents a 12% reduction from 2005/6 emissions.