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Carbon footprint animation
It's hard to visualise the tonnes of greenhouse gases produced and what this looks like. Here is an animated film from 2014 indicating our carbon footprint, and what this looked like against the backdrop of the campus.When the animation was made in 2014, our scope 1 and 2 carbon footprint was 11,000 tCO₂e. In the 2020-21 academic year, it was nearly half at 6,088 tCO₂e.
Discover more about our strategies for sustainability at the University on our
policies page, and find a full size version of our 12 point climate action plan.
We aim to:
- Net zero emissions from direct emissions (scope 1 & 2) by 2025.
- Continue to reduce mains grid electricity use by 20% and mains gas by 25% as a minimum by 2030 from 2005–06 levels, with the intention to support further reductions through wider energy generation projects.
- Develop a ‘net positive’ framework accounting for the positive environmental impact of research outputs to balance the negative output of the University’s carbon footprint.
- Raise awareness and build a carbon community with our staff and student population, including engagement with target and action plan setting.
- Be actively involved in projects that seek to encourage and enable large-scale carbon reduction and promote low carbon transitions in the city and nationally.
- Reduce emissions outside of the University’s direct control (scope 3) to net zero by 2030–50 in line with local and national targets.
- We've reduced tCO₂e emissions from gas and electricity by 54% since the base year 1990 to 2019–20.
- Since 2010 we have identified emissions from other sources, and are able to monitor the scope 3 emissions associated with water, waste, business travel and commuting.
- Started investigations into offsetting unavoidable emissions such as scope 3.
Sustainability is embedded not just in operations across the University but also in our course provision, education methods and research.
Sustainability Courses and Programmes
Plymouth offers a range of sustainability themed courses and programmes across many disciplines.
Discover how the Centre for Sustainable Futures works to embed sustainability across our faculties.
Our Sustainable Earth Institute is about advancing research, knowledge and innovation for a more sustainable Earth.