The primary aim under carbon reduction is to achieve an absolute reduction of 60% of the carbon emissions of the University by 2020 (based upon its 2004/5 carbon footprint baseline).
This target to reduce carbon extends beyond the life of the current strategy but by 2015 the University should be on its way to achieving this aim by reducing carbon emissions between 30-35%.
For a breakdown of proposed carbon reduction targets then see page 8 of the strategy document.
As a research intensive University, the carbon footprint associated with our core business is very large. The University emits sufficient carbon to be captured by a new piece of legislation called the Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC) which aims to limit the absolute amount of carbon that we emit.
In terms of how we will achieve these targets, the Environment Team will produce a separate energy/carbon strategy and plan (to be released once completed) which will provide the blueprint for how we will achieve the 2020 carbon reduction target. The Estates and Facilities Management Division are already looking at 'low' or 'no carbon' buildings through the execution of the Development Framework Plan to support achievement of this target.