Carbon ElephantEnergy

Comprising three very different campuses and a variety of buildings that host 25,000 students and 3,000 staff, Nottingham Trent University has a lot to consider when managing its carbon footprint. However, we are committed to keeping our environmental impact to a minimum. Our carbon targets help us to manage impacts and maintain our green credentials.

Our targets

  • For Scope 1 and 2 Carbon Emissions a 29% reduction in CO2e per FTE staff and student by 2020/21
  • For Scope 3 Carbon Emissions a 5% reduction from 2012/13 by 2020/21

How do we plan to achieve this?

Our participation in the Higher Education Carbon Management Programme requires us to commit to a series of programmes that include capital projects, awareness campaigns, waste minimisation and energy efficiency measures.

All of NTU's electricity is purchased from a green energy provider and we generate our own energy on-site. 

The Salix Revolving Green Fund provided us with £1 million of investment in capital projects, such as the installation of energy efficient fans in labs and PC shutdown software. Money saved from these projects will be recycled to spend on further energy-saving projects.

If you have any questions or comments about the Carbon Elephant Plan, please contact the Sustainable Development Team.

On campus

You may not be aware but across all three campuses there are sources of renewable energy making our University increasingly sustainable.

City Campus
ChaucerThere is a covering of photovoltaic panels on the roof of the Chaucer building on the City Campus.
Clifton Campus
Rosalind Franklin160 photovoltaic panels on the south-facing roof generate 33,778 kWh of renewable energy per year.
Brackenhurst Campus
Greenhouse complex car parkOur biomass boiler provides hot water to the 300-bed student accommodation and the Brackenhurst library, saving 410 tonnes of carbon per year.
Equestrian CentreThe 400 photovoltaic panels on the Equestrian Centre roof is the largest set of panels at NTU.
Creative Quarter Campus
ConfettiWe have 130m2 worth of photovoltaic panels located at Confetti.

How are we doing?

Each year NTU is required to submit our energy usage and carbon footprint to the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) and other organisations, such as Universities that Count and the People and Planet Green League, for benchmarking exercises.

  • Our annual Scope 1 and 2 Carbon Footprint KPI PDF icon shows our absolute and relative carbon footprint against targets over the past decade.
  • Our annual NTU Utilities Report PDF icon shows energy consumption and carbon footprint trends over the past decade. Please note utility costs are not publicly available.
  • Scope 3 emissions report PDF icon , which includes the carbon footprint of staff and student travel, waste, our supply chain, and our externally managed halls of residence.

Get involved

NTU are aiming to cut their carbon footprint by 29%, but do you know yours? Try out the Footprint Calculator to see how many tonnes of carbon dioxide you emit.

You can help us to meet the University's carbon reduction targets. Take part in our events throughout the year, nominate your team or department to join a staff engagement project, or become a student Eco-Ambassador and be the first to find out what the Sustainable Development Team is planning and how you can get involved.


Carbon elephant logo with slogan
Silhouettes of wind turbines