Our Targets and Progress
Our target at Wrexham Glyndŵr University (WGU) is to reduce our scope 1 & 2 carbon emissions (electricity, gas and gas oil) and also our scope 3 carbon emissions (water, waste & recycling and business travel) annually by 3% using our 2009/10 figures as our baseline.
This year 2020/21 we have exceeded our targets;
Gas and electricity consumption - Target 15% reduction by 2020
Overall WGU have reduced energy use by 21% year on year and 36% below 2009/10 usage.
The total performance across all sites between April 2020 & March 2021:
Electricity usage 24.4% lower year on year and 35% below 2009/10 usage.
Gas usage 18.9% lower year on year and 24.2% below 2009/10 usage
Carbon emissions - Target annual 3% reduction relative to 2009/10
We have exceeded our target mainly due to the overall reduction in carbon intensity of the electricity supply market. Year on year a saving of 22% was made. Overall there was a reduction of 53% carbon emissions in 20/21 compared to 2009/10 baseline.
As well as encouraging staff, students and visitors to save energy we also look closer to home, literally, on our own doorstep, at our student accommodation and how we can increase environmental awareness, adopting new procedures and reduce our overall carbon emissions. We include our student accommodation energy usage and carbon footprint statistics, along with all our other buildings annually to the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA). This is the official agency for the collection, analysis and dissemination of quantitative information about higher education in the United Kingdom.
The carbon management plan is currently being reviewed and updated. The new policy will be finalised for September 2021 and considering recommendations made for new energy targets
Water consumption - Target 10% reduction by 2025
Our 2020/21 Water usage is 40.5% lower compared to 2019/20
Waste reduction - Target 1% reduction year on year
Overall waste levels have reduced by 58% compared to the same period last year due to low occupancy on campuses.
Recycling rates have increased to 30% from 19% in 2019/20 due to introducing the collection of additional waste streams, DMR collection remains about 10% in one with the previous academic year. 100% of waste continues to be diverted from landfill.
Welsh Government Circular Economy Funded project is in progress. Colour coded recycling bins have been received and roll out across campuses commenced in April. By deploying more recycling bins will make it easier to recycle and should drive an increase in the percentage of DMR waste recycled. Project target is to increase recycling to 35% within 6 months (April) and 50% within 12 months (October 21).
Recycle 50% of waste by 2023
Recycling rates have increased from 20% in 2019/20 to 30% from 1st Aug 20 to 31st March 21. Increases have come from collecting new waste streams and the proportion of Dry Mixed recycled waste collected remains at about 10%, the same level as 2019/20.
Date Energy Certificates
Principles House in Regent Street also received a new( ten year) expiry DEC certificate, issued due to occupation and under the commercial DEC category regulations in July 2015 legislation requirements for buildings 250 – 500 m2. Principles House also benefitted from an energy advisory report.
Take a look at our overall ratings! Great news - 80% of our buildings received energy ratings of C or above.
How are we achieving our targets?
To ensure current and future energy conservation, WGU’s Sustainability Action Group is continually investigating potential projects and schemes that will enable us to achieve our objectives to reduce our carbon consumption. Projects, practices and measures are being implemented to reduce our Carbon Footprint and conserve environmental resources wherever achievable and feasible.
We are consistently monitoring and analysing all of our energy usage through our extensive network of numerous meters, software and invoices, targeting issues where necessary. We have two energy monitoring and targeting (M&T) systems in place each bringing its own benefits to monitor and target. Our installed sub-meters are set up for monitoring consumption against our specified targets and detecting exceptions with alerts. The systems also assist in monitoring newly implemented projects to evaluate ongoing results. Our software is able to highlight any unexpected issues which can be dealt with on a daily basis as they arise, enabling us to stop unnecessary energy wastage and resulting in negative impacts on our finances. We also evaluate our performance with monthly and annual reports producing results and targets achieved.
The issue of energy consumption is now higher up the agenda for staff, students and other stakeholders than ever before and we continue to develop our plans to reduce our energy consumption for the long-term. By involving all individuals, we are confident we can make a huge difference in reducing our impact on the environment. As well as making carbon savings for Wales and the UK, our financial savings from energy can be ploughed back into improved services for our students.
By implementing long-term ‘invest to save’ measures and working closely with Higher Education Funding Council for Wales and in conjunction with Carbon Trust Wales our aim is to continue to make excellent progress in reducing energy and water consumption in our buildings, resulting in improving our Welsh environment.
Our Carbon Management Plan provides the details of the steps required to measure, reduce and monitor Glyndŵr University’s carbon footprint. It is intended to provide the basis for the detailed work which will be implemented both in terms of infrastructure improvement but also by achieving efficiency savings from engaging the University’s stakeholders and changing working practice.
Take a look at Appendix A, Page 24, Carbon Management Matrix Embedding - Policies, Strategies & Plans It shows how we embed carbon management within WGU, through corporate strategy, communication, training and student and staff engagement.
Appendix B, Page 25, Stakeholder Management, lists clear lines of responsibility for WGU’s carbon management.
Appendix D, Page 37, Current/ Future Projects, states the estimated investment needed to achieve our carbon reduction targets.
Please take a look at our Policies, Strategies & Plans