Reducing carbon emissions

Our main focus for carbon has been to save energy in buildings and to minimise the materials we use and waste. Reductions in the energy we use in our buildings and waste minimisation have therefore also reduced our carbon footprint.

In 2019, 84% of the electricity supplied to- and used by the University was generated using renewable sources, specifically hydro (60.4%), geothermal (17.4%), biogas and wood (1.3%), wind (4.7%) and solar (0.2%). Of the energy used to power buildings, 58% was generated from renewable resources. 

Due to energy saving initiatives, energy consumed in our buildings in 2018 resulted in 38% less carbon emissions per square metre of gross floor area than they did in the early 1980s when monitoring started.

We encourage staff and students to help us to improve further by using passive or public forms of transport, by car-pooling, and by using on-line video-conferencing wherever possible. We also encourage staff and students to help protect biodiversity and off-set emissions by getting involved in the restoration and conservation of our native forests.


What you can do

  • If you live relatively close take the opportunity to get some exercise by walking, jogging or cycling to and from the University.
  • Support public transport by catching a bus, train or ferry, wherever possible.
  • If you have no choice but to use a car to get to work, share a ride with friends, family, co-workers or students.
  • Take part in tree planting activities – get a group of colleagues or friends together and set up your own group or join an existing one to help plant and nurture native plants.