Committed to being a sustainable university
The Sustainability Team's work is underpinned by NTU's strategic plan.
Comprising five very different campuses and a variety of buildings that host over 40,000 students and staff, Nottingham Trent University has a lot to consider when managing its carbon footprint. Our carbon targets help us to manage impacts and maintain our green credentials.
All of NTU's electricity is purchased from a green energy provider and we generate our own energy on-site. The Salix Revolving Green Fund provided NTU with £1 million of investment in capital projects such as the installation of energy efficient fans in labs and PC shutdown software.
Across all three campuses there are sources of renewable energy making our University increasingly sustainable. This includes photovoltaic panels on the roofs of the Chaucer building on the city campus, Rosalind Franklin building on our Clifton Campus and our Confetti campus. These panels generate thousands of kWh of renewable energy per year.
Our biomass boiler at Brackenhurst campus provides hot water to the 300-bed student accommodation and the Brackenhurst library, saving 410 tonnes of carbon per year. The 400 photovoltaic panels on the Equestrian Centre roof is the largest set of panels at NTU.
Relevant Documents and Policies
Our Net Zero Carbon Roadmap sets out the NZC ambition in more detail, provides context, and outlines the first steps we intend to make to achieve our targets.
Each year NTU is required to submit our energy usage and carbon footprint to the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) and other organisations, such as Universities that Count and the People and Planet Green League, for benchmarking exercises.
- Our Carbon Footprint Annual Report 2020-21 demonstrates our current progress and Scope 1,2 & 3 baselines.
- Read our Carbon Footprint Annual Report 2019-20.
Our Environmental Policy and Environmental Objectives break down targets required in all areas of the universities operations, including carbon. For the extensive list of individual policies covering waste, waster, energy, supply chain & travel and their specific carbon objectives read our Sustainability Policies.
NTU is also an official Race to Zero signatory. Driven by the UN Environment Programme, EAUC & Second Nature, Race to Zero is a global campaign to rally leadership and action in the education sector. Joining the Race to Zero demonstrates NTU’s commitment to the net zero agenda, alongside NTU’s pledge to achieve Net Zero Carbon emissions across all three carbon scopes by 2040.
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Try out the Footprint Calculator to see how many tonnes of carbon dioxide you emit.
You can help us to meet the University's carbon reduction targets. Take part in our events throughout the year, or join NTU Green Rewards to find out more about what you can do to be more sustainable whilst working and/or studying at NTU along with tips to live more sustainably at home too.