Carbon capture centre

Carbon dioxide (CO2) is a 'greenhouse' gas which causes global warming. Our 'carbon footprint' is the quantity of greenhouse gas (GHG) pollution that the College creates each year.

Read more about our commitment in our Environmental policy

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Carbon footprints

The term 'carbon footprint' is a simplification, as the 1997 Kyoto Protocol identified six GHGs in an overall footprint, including methane, ozone and sulphur dioxide. Carbon dioxide just happens to be the most prevalent of the gasses and is used as the measure. The other GHGs are taken into account in calculating our carbon footprint, they are converted into the amount of CO2 that would cause the same effects on global warming, also known as Equivalent CO2 (CO2e).

The carbon footprint is a very powerful tool in understanding the impact of personal behaviour on global warming. Most people are shocked when they see the amount of CO2 their activities create!

If you personally want to contribute to stop global warming, the calculation and monitoring of your personal carbon footprint is essential. 

Please contact the Energy and Environment team if you would like further information on our Carbon Management Plan.

Continuous Optimisation

Reducing our carbon footprint within a growing, energy intensive academic environment is a challenge.

Continuous Optimisation (ConCom) is a strategy that Estates Operations have adopted to optimise efficiency of buildings across the College estate. The ConCom strategy for monitoring and managing the operations of building has enabled the College to:

  • Reduce carbon emissions
  • Increase energy efficiency
  • Lower operating costs and
  • Increase occupier comfort

Estates Operations were delighted that our efforts to improve laboratory environments have been recognised by S-Lab. In their national awards scheme our Continuous Optimisation of Plant and Services was a winner.

ConCom forms a significant component of our Carbon Management Plan.  In real terms the College has reduced its overall carbon per staff / student FTE by 24.72% (Green League 2011) since 2005.

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ConCom Green Gown

ConCom Green Gown Video 2011

ConCom Green Gown

Kevin Cope explains presents us being commended in Green Gown Awards.

Our ConCom approach with comments by SLab.

Imperial ConCom with SLab Review

Our ConCom approach with comments by SLab

Reducing carbon consumption through our programme.

Presentation about ConCom

Kevin Cope explains about our Continuous Optimisation programme.