Carbon Management at Aberystwyth

Carbon Management Strategy

As part of the objectives to our Datganiad Polisi Amgylcheddol (Mai 2014) and our commitment to achieving sustainability, we have produced a Crynodeb Gweithredol Strategaeth Rheoli (Ebrill 2014) to 2020. The Strategy will have a full interim review to be performed in 2016/17.

Carbon reduction targets and initiatives in the strategy are also aligned with the drivers in the Estates Development Strategy:

  • The student and staff experience;
  • Excellent infrastructure and buildings;
  • Space as an enabler; and
  • Sustainable development.

Carbon Emission Analysis

The CO2e emissions for the academic year 2011/12 are 11,952 t CO2e / annum. This represents a 10.7% decrease in CO2e emissions from the HEFCW recommended base year of 2005/06. Additionally, Aberystwyth University have achieved this reduction in the context of huge expansion and growth at the University. For example, the peak in 2008/09 represents the acquisition of IGER at the Gogerdddan campus  (Institute of Grassland and Environmental Research).

Carbon Targets

The university has set challenging carbon reduction targets for the short, medium and longer term (implementing an emissions reduction target of 10% by 2016/17, 30% by 2020/21 and 40% by 2023/24).

Implementation Plan

The Higher Education Funding Council for Wales (HEFCW) target a 3% year on year reduction in emissions, however we want to do more than that! We are therefore aligning are targets with the challenging Ceredigion Local Service Board targets. We will achieve this though:

  • Good Housekeeping
    • Metering and targeting, behaviour change and training, and regular inspection and auditing.
  • ‌Demand Side Investing to Save
    • Insulation and heat recovery, lighting and controls, and building fabric upgrades.

  • Supply Side Invest to Save
    • Investment and Integration of Renewable Energy Technology




Carbon Reduction in Aberystwyth

Aberystwyth has already achieved great results in becoming moresustainable, less dependent on fossil fuels,and more environmentally friendly. For example, less efficient lights across the university are being fazed out and replaced by much more efficient LED lights (look out for our LED street lights around Llanbadarn!). All of our smaller university sites are supplied by renewable energy sources from Scottish and Southern Electricity (SSE). According to, SSE supplies the highest proportion of green energy out of the biggest energy suppliers.


We are also running a series of behaviour change campaigns throughout the year for staff and students. Follow the below links for more info on getting involved and seeing what we have planned for the year: