The Environmental Sustainability Award: University of Winchester

Award Type: 

Longlisted for a Business in the Community Responsible Business Award 2018

Action and Impact 
In the last 12 years, the University of Winchester has expanded its campus size by 72% and seen staff and student numbers jump by 48%. Yet in this time, it has achieved a 45% reduction in emissions intensity against a 30% target.

By promoting energy awareness amongst staff and students in their work, study and lives, the University has seen a 5.5% reduction in total carbon emissions, a 41% reduction in water usage, a 100% reduction in oil consumption and a 355% increase in its recycling rate with 64% of waste recycled.

Established in 1840 by the Church of England, the University reports a current annual saving of £370,000 as a result of its carbon management programme. This underpins potential total financial savings to the University of £3.1 million.

The University has also calculated that if it does not undertake any further carbon reduction programmes between now and 2025, it will cost the institution £2.7 million. The University is the fourth most energy efficient university in the UK and wants to better that.

“I am proud to lead an institution that puts sustainability at its heart, work which is vital to enhance and protect the quality of life for future generations,” says Professor Joy Carter CBE, the University’s Vice-Chancellor.