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Dear Durham University,

I am a studying how Universities have reduced their CO2 emissions.

1) I have looked at the most recent 2018/19 Estates HESA data for “Table 3 - Emissions and waste” and field: “Total scope 1 and 2 emission baseline for 2005 (tonnes CO2e)”.

This field shows a total of 33,862 CO2e for the 2005 emission baseline.

2) However, Durham Universitiy’s Review of Carbon, Energy and Water, KPI’s 2018-2019 report says that the 2005 baseline was 28,528 CO2 tonnes.
https://www.dur.ac.uk/resources/greenspa...

3) The BriteGreen report from April 2014 shows a figure of 33,483 CO2e.

http://www.eauc.org.uk/file_uploads/brit...

Can the University say which one of the figures in 1) – 3) is the correct baseline information. and that this figure includes the 2011/12 onwards adjustment.

An adjustment was needed as an alternative Defra measure of equivalent carbon dioxide (C02e) was applied past 2011/12. This change accounts for additional Greenhouse Gases, including CH4 and N20 and not just CO2 pre 2011/12.

Yours faithfully,

Theresa Shotton

ACCESS I., Durham University

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ACCESS I., Durham University

Dear Theresa Shotton

 

Thank you for your request for information from Durham University.
Colleagues have provided the information below in response to your
questions.

 

I am a studying how Universities have reduced their CO2 emissions.

 

1)            I have looked at the most recent 2018/19 Estates HESA data
for “Table 3 - Emissions and waste” and field: “Total scope 1 and 2
emission baseline for 2005 (tonnes CO2e)”.  This field shows a total of
33,862 CO2e for the 2005 emission baseline.

 

2)            However, Durham Universitiy’s  Review of Carbon, Energy and
Water, KPI’s 2018-2019 report says that the 2005 baseline was 28,528 CO2
tonnes 
[1]https://www.dur.ac.uk/resources/greenspa...

 

3)            The BriteGreen report from April 2014 shows a figure of
33,483 CO2e. 
[2]http://www.eauc.org.uk/file_uploads/brit...

 

Can the University say which one of the figures in 1) – 3) is the correct
baseline information. and that this figure includes the 2011/12 onwards
adjustment.

 

An adjustment was needed as an alternative Defra measure of equivalent
carbon dioxide (C02e) was applied past 2011/12. This change accounts for
additional Greenhouse Gases, including CH4 and N20 and not just CO2 pre
2011/12.

 

The correct carbon baseline is option 1: We have looked at the most recent
2018/19 Estates HESA data for “Table 3 - Emissions and waste” and field:
“Total scope 1 and 2 emission baseline for 2005 (tonnes CO2e)”. This field
shows a total of 33,862 CO2e for the 2005 emission baseline”.

 

This figure is different from the original submission in 2005/06 and it is
believed that this change would account for the 2011/12 amendment.

 

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Information Governance Unit

Durham University

 

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