Using data to understand our climate impact

Sarah Bilton, Net Zero Analyst, discusses how the University collects data on its carbon emissions and ensures that data driven decision-making is at the heart of our net zero pathway.

The University holds a vast amount data on our carbon emissions – from energy usage in our buildings to mileage data from University-linked travel and commuting.

We are using data to understand the impact that this has on the environment, as well as the impact of our supply chains. Data is key to informing the decisions that will help the University reach net zero carbon emissions by 2030.

Sarah, who chairs the University’s net zero reporting group, said: “We want to share the data with our academic community to aid research and support innovative projects. It’s a continually developing process and I’m really proud of the work we’re doing.”

At £174 million, the University of Leeds’ ambitious Climate Plan represents the biggest investment we have ever made, with seven key principles highlighting our commitment to net zero emissions, a sustainable curriculum, responsible investment and reorienting postgraduate research and teaching away from the fossil fuel sector.

Visit our Climate Plan hub for more information, where you can also post questions and comments.

Watch a video of Sarah talking about the emissions data the University collects and how that data informs decision-making as part of our Climate Plan

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