Sussex Estates and Facilities

Carbon Management and Water Conservation

Carbon Management

The Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) has published guidelines for the development and implementation of Carbon Management Plans, based on the requirements of the Climate Change Act 2008. Our Carbon Management Plan fully complies with the requirements of HEFCE and was approved by the University's Governing Body Council in 2011.

The Carbon Management Plan has since been scrutinised by the University's auditors, who have independently confirmed its compliance with the requirements of HEFCE and the Climate Change Act, and noted several areas of best practice in relation to our carbon reduction initiatives.

The Carbon Management Plan has since been updated as of February 2012 to include baseline data on the University's Scope 3 emissions and an updated carbon reduction project plan.

With the inclusion of Sussex Estates & Facilities, the University is working towards reducing its carbon footprint by 44% from a baseload year of 2005/6, which equates to approximately 9,000tCO2, or equivalent to £1.5million from the annual electricity bill.

Carbon Management Plan February 2012 [PDF 1.22MB]

Scope 3 Carbon Emissions 

We are collecting and reporting scope 3 emissions from business air travel,  emissions from waste, water supply and water treatment, which are updated annually to the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA). We will be utilising historic data to formulate a realistic targets and deadline to achieve this along with updates on initiative to reduce these associated emissions this page.    

Water Reduction

Water usage and the conservation of water is an important aspect of the University's Go Greener campaign. Fresh, clean drinking water is a luxury in parts of the world, and often taken for granted in the West. As carbon emissions are inevitably caused in part by the delivery and treatment of water, it is imperative to reduce water waste as much as possible. As such, we are aiming to reduce our absolute water consumption by 44% by 2020 against a 2005/6 baseline. The table below shows our progress to date.

A map of water fountains on campus is available here.

YearAnnual Consumption (m3)Total Reduction from 2005/06 BaselineWater Usage/Student 
2005/6 Baseline



Details not available



-60% (Increase from the baseload year)




-152% (Increase from the baseload year)



(Forecasted 2017)


-7% (Increase from the baseload year)


2020 Target


44% Decrease


Life Water

Alongside the physical works on campus undertaken by SEF, SussexFood acquires bottled water solely from a single local and sustainable supplier. Life Water is an ethics-driven company based nearby in Hove that provides bottled water with 100% carbon neutrality, while also committing to building sustainable water sources across Africa and India through the drop4drop scheme.