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Energy and carbon management

Like any large and diverse organisation, we can have a significant impact on our local environment by monitoring and managing our energy use. As well as doing this at a university level, we continue to adopt policies aimed at helping our individual staff and students to conserve energy.

Our Estates Services are improving the sustainability of the campus through operating an Environmental Management System in accordance with their DECS Quality & Environmental Policy (PDF , 238kb)‌, which has successfully achieved certification to the ISO14001 standard.

Carbon management plan

Carbon reduction makes good business, as well as environmental, sense in these times of rocketing fuel prices. Our Carbon management plan has been developed to detail the University of York’s commitment to carbon reduction and comply with HEFCE requirements.

Carbon management plan themes


Carbon savings

Improve usage information
and monitoring 

It is only possible to provide information on achievement against targets and the success of specific initiatives if we have the correct monitoring and reporting processes in place. This detail will also provide valuable feedback to users about their energy consumption levels.  943
Behavioural change

We have been successful in targeting specific behavioural change through staff and student campaigns. We will continue and expand the number of types of campaigns and encourage involvement by making them more targeted and introducing an element of competition.

Improve the energy
performance of the estate
Founded in the 1960s the University has a legacy estate including outdated resources for energy provision. Significant progress to date has been made to improve our energy efficiency by introducing 21st century technology and standards to improve the overall energy performance of the estate and this is planned to continue.  4,814
Upgrade existing energy
supply capability
The University’s main source of heat energy is through the central boiler house which also dates back to the 1960s. There has not been any significant upgrade of this facility and modern technology provides considerably more efficient ways of producing heat and electricity. The original philosophy for distributing heat around the campus was through a district system. It is now time to upgrade and extend this capability.  10,393
Introduce new low carbon
sources of energy
We are keen to introduce diversification within the energy supply market including sources of renewable energy. This will start with the introduction of wind turbines new biomass boilers. 3,468

Forecast savings from these initiatives amount to 20,476 tonnes of carbon dioxide by 2020. The Carbon management plan lays out in more detail the aims, objectives and principles relating to our approach to carbon management and energy efficiency. 

For examples of how staff and students can make a difference see Get involved.

Did you know...?

  • Our Carbon management plan will reduce emissions by the equivalent of 38 million miles in an average car or 4.5 space shuttle flights!

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