Carbon Reduction

Scope 3

The vision for this plan is that the University is seen by individuals and organisations in the community as a leader in improving the environmental sustainability of the region. The University is a major collaborator on regional sustainability projects.

The University has created a Carbon Reduction Plan for Scope 3.  The Plan sets out three main difficulties associated with Scope 3.  These are measurement, scale and the underlying nature of the University’s business.  The plan sets out the actions which the University will take in order to reduce Scope 3 emissions.

This plan is lead by:

  • Sally McGill, Chief Financial Officer and Deputy Chief Exec and Exec Lead for Sustainability

  • Dr Laura Rhodes, Sustainability Engineer



Targets and progress


Reduction of Scope 3 emissions to net-zero by 2050

This is a Strategic Priority for the University within the Strategic Plan 2022-27 published in 2022


Progress status: RED

In 2021/22, the total known scope 3 emissions were ~32,000 tCO2e, compared to just over 4,000 tCO2e for scopes 1 and 2.  This figure does not include the emissions associated with cash investments and pension investments.

Operational priorities for 2023/24

When the 2022/23 emissions have been confirmed, targets will be set for future years.

in the UK for Quality Education

Sustainable Development Goal 4, Times Higher Education Impact Rankings 2023

for Career Prospects

Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2023

for Facilities

Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2023

for Social Inclusion

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2023

of Research Impact is ‘Outstanding’ or ‘Very Considerable’

Research Excellence Framework 2021

of Research is “Internationally Excellent” or “World Leading”

Research Excellence Framework 2021

Four Star Rating

QS Star Ratings 2021