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The University is committed to reducing our carbon emissions in line with the United Nations Paris Agreement, to keep the increase in global average temperature to well below 2 degrees Celsius of pre-industrial levels and pursue efforts to limit the increase to 1.5 degrees Celsius.

The University of Chester aims to

  • achieve net zero for Scope 1 and 2 emissions, across all of our activities and operations by 2030
  • determine our Scope 3 emissions baseline and set targets for reduction

Current Progress

We have

  • reduced our carbon footprint by 49.5% 
  • installed 1,491 solar photovoltaic panels across 21 University buildings,
  • replaced aging, inefficient heating systems with electric heating systems,
  • replaced petrol/diesel fuelled service vehicles with EVs and
  • since April 2021, the majority of our electricity is supplied from a REGO backed 100% renewable tariff.
    49.5% reduction in carbon emissions since 2015 


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    Net zero target 2021
    Carbon emissions Scope 1 & 2 since 2015






Developing our Decarbonisation Plan

  • Working with colleagues across the University, we will create a decarbonisation plan, which will adopt  Science Based Targets to determine our fair share towards national and global carbon reduction targets and ensuring they in line with what the latest climate science  deems necessary to meet the Paris Agreement goals.
  • We intend to collaborate closely with our wider community, particularly our local councils to address the range of scope 3 emissions.
  • We are delivering Carbon Literacy Training to our staff and students and supporting Faculties and Departments to develop their own action plan via the Climate Action Programme.
  • To work with academics and students to develop collaborative research projects to inform decisions and consult with our student community.
  • HyNet North West, with the University as academic lead, is the collaboration which will begin decarbonising the North West and North Wales from 2025. The initiative will make positive and demonstrable change by reducing annual CO2 emissions by 10 million tonnes by 2030 – the equivalent of taking four million cars off the road.
  • The University has been working as part of HyNet on initial workforce planning and skills requirements to meet industry demands now and into the future, and a socio-economic impact assessment, which quantifies the financial, environmental and health benefits of the project.