With over 20,000 students and around 2,500 staff the University of Salford's operations have a significant impact on the environment. A summary of our latest annual impact is shown below.
In 2010 we committed to reducing scope 1 and 2 carbon emissions by 43% from the 2005/6 baseline (nearly 20,000 tonnes) by September 2020. Our interim milestone was to reduce emissions by 30% by September 2015.
Scope 1 emissions are those released from fuel used directly by the University, so fuel in university vehicles and gas. Scope 2 emissions are those released indirectly by the university from electricity consumption, i.e. the emissions from the power station.
By the end of 2015/16 we had reduced our scope 1 and 2 carbon emissions by 45% since 2005/6, meeting our target of 43% early, saving over 30,000 tonnes of carbon and £7.5m compared to our business as usual predictions. As of 2017/18 we have reduced emissions by 62%.
We recognise our challenge is going to be maintaining and building on this reduction and are currently in the process of developing Phase 2 of the Carbon Management Plan.
Approximately 73% of the carbon emissions discussed above were due to electricity we consumed in our buildings. We used 31 million kWh, at a cost of nearly £3 million; this is the equivalent of over 8000 average homes.
Our water consumption was 79,000,000 litres or enough to fill 32 Olympic sized swimming pools!
In 2017/18 the University generated 800 tonnes of waste, the equivalent of nearly 150 African Elephants!
Only 38% of this waste was recycled, some was recovered for energy from waste or anaerobic digestion, but still 10% was sent to landfill. We are aiming to minimise the amount sent to landfill and the amount of waste we produce in the first place; visit the waste page to see how you can help us to do this.
Purchasing has a key role to play in implementing sustainable development by using purchasing power to influence technology and best practice to create a greener, more ethical market place and reduce consumption of materials.
Implementation of a Sustainable Procurement Strategy will have benefits for the organisation as well as the environment including ensuring compliance with legislation, cost savings, protecting reputation and building image, rationalising the supplier base, ensuring security of supply and managing risk.
We are currently developing our Sustainable Procurement Strategy to determine how to achieve our aims of meeting the requirements of Level 4 in all areas of the UK Government Flexible Framework, a self-assessment mechanism to allow organisations to measure and monitor their progress on sustainable progress over time.