• Rebecca

Low carbon, high ambition

UAL emits less carbon compared to the sector average!


Between 2014 and 2015, UAL emitted 541.18kg of carbon per full time student, far below the sector median of 772.67kg. The reduction in carbon emissions appear to be the continuation of a trend of falling carbon emissions since 2013. The Estates Department is estimating that UAL will have emitted even less carbon for 16/17, with the emissions falling further to 508kg of carbon per full time student.


Obviously, each university offers different courses, consumes energy differently and has buildings that emit more/less carbon when compared to UAL. However, UAL has taken more progressive actions most other HEIs to ensure our carbon emissions are far below the sector average.


Why is sustainability and carbon management different at UAL?


Reducing the university’s carbon footprint to as low as practically possible is strategic ambition of UAL.


In March 2017, UAL’s status as an ISO 50001 accredited organisation was reconfirmed by an independent auditor. Having been recognised as a world class organisation for energy management August 2015, UAL’s energy management service has been audited on a further two separate occasions to ensure the university is complying with the minimum standard for managing the use of heat and power effectively across all our activities.


Interested in helping UAL stay ahead of the field?


The newly formed Sustainability Working Group meets four times a year.

Keep an eye out for the new UAL Sustainability Manifesto that was approved by the University’s Executive Board in November 2016.


Don’t forget that the latest consumption data is always available via www.ualcarbondashboard.com. Interested in receiving a detailed monthly breakdown of how UAL is performing in terms of carbon emissions per building? Please contract Rebecca Smart (Energy Data Support Officer).