Environmental Sustainability


Carbon reduction has been a driver across the higher education sector since 2007/08 when the higher education carbon management programme was launched to reduce carbon and develop carbon management plans to help universities meet target reductions.

We have had an absolute carbon reduction target since 2009, agreed by senior management and the University Board of Governors. Our target is a 40% reduction by 2020 from 2007/08. The 40% target is largely comparable across the higher education sector, and aligns with the Climate Change Act 2008.

Since 2009, our carbon target has been advocated across the University with infrastructure and processes implemented to support reduction. We have reduced carbon emissions by 33% (2017/18 figures) from our baseline.

Work to draft a new Carbon Management Implementation Programme commenced in 2016, focusing on initiatives and interventions to reduce carbon.

The Environmental Sustainability Leadership Group, supported by the Carbon Action Group, will provide drive and leadership in this area and will oversee this work. Proposals will be presented to the Board in autumn.

Our new carbon management implementation programme will be launched in 2019. This will include targets and interventions to reduce carbon post-2020.

We are perfectly placed to support the UK in reducing carbon emissions, from the operations of our research, our teaching, our people and our estate.

We are at the forefront of the search for solutions to some of the world’s most pressing problems, including carbon reduction and climate change, and we are pioneering the energy systems of the future so that we can continue to heat our homes, light our buildings and travel.

Visit our get involved pages to find out how you can get involved, including our champion scheme. Members of staff at the University can become carbon literate through 10,000 Actions.


Did you know?

The University of Manchester is the first university in the world to have been recognised as a carbon literate organisation.