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The University of Southampton

Managing carbon

We are taking steps to use energy more efficiently and manage the University’s carbon emissions.

Our buildings are responsible for the vast majority of our energy usage, and behind the scenes we collect and analyse a large amount of data to show how each space is performing.

We have more than 1,000 utility meters across our estate and the majority of these are read automatically throughout the day by a series of data loggers.

Having access to this level of data means that we can spot anomalies quickly. We can also target improvements at specific buildings and measure their impact over time.

You can read more about some of the energy saving projects we’ve invested in over the last decade here.

You can help us manage our energy usage and carbon emissions by ensuring that unnecessary equipment and lights are switched off, and windows are closed tightly during the winter.

We use a tool called a Building Management System to tell us how comfortable workspaces are for students and staff. If you notice that a space is uncomfortably hot or cold, we encourage you to log a Planon request so that the Estates team can take a look for you and hopefully remove the need for extra energy intensive heating or cooling.

Sustainability is incorporated into the design of our new and refurbished buildings to improve energy efficiency. This includes high levels of insulation and air tightness so that the buildings require less heat in the winter.

The principles that we ask our building contractors to work to are outlined in our Sustainable Buildings Policy.

You may see two types of energy certificate across our campuses. These tell you more about the performance of our individual buildings.

In our larger, publically-accessible buildings you will find a Display Energy Certificate. These will tell you about a building’s carbon dioxide emissions. You can view a full list of the ratings here.

In the entrance to our newer buildings, you will also find an Energy Performance Certificate. These describe the energy efficiency of a space and the potential for improvement. You might recognise these, as they are similar to those required for a domestic home.

If you have any questions about the way we manage our carbon emissions or would like to make a suggestion, please get in touch.

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