Energy and Carbon Management

Carbon Management Plan

In 2011 the University developed its first Carbon Management Plan, committing to an ambitious carbon reduction target of 43% by 2020 (compared to 2005). The plan sets out our vision:


‘For the University of Lincoln to be known as an organisation working to minimise the carbon emissions associated with all of its activities, and one that proactively engages with staff and students to establish a campus culture where low carbon choices become the standard.’

This plan is under review with an update in development and published in 2021. This will be aligned with the University’s 2017-2022 Strategic Plan and Estates Strategy.

Legal Compliance

The University is required to comply with energy and carbon-related legislation, including:

  • Display Energy Certificates (DECs)
  • Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) – This legislation has been designed to ensure that organisations regularly audit their estate for potential energy efficiency savings. We are deemed to be exempt from complying with this legislation as we are subject to public contract regulations. In 2017 the University achieved ISO50001 accreditation for our Energy Management System.
  • Heat Network Legislation – This legislation is concerned with accurately billing tenants that are served by a common heating system.  Only a couple of our buildings are affected by this.  We have reported them to the National Measurement and Regulation Office and await further guidance.

ISO 50001 – Energy Management System

The University of Lincoln is certified to the international ISO 50001 standard for its energy management system. This helped us to drive best practice throughout the organisations and will continue to improve the University energy performance.

What does it mean for the university?

  • Improved University reputation
  • Lower impact on climate change
  • Reduced energy bills – money can be spent on other energy saving projects
  • Training opportunities – email to request our Energy Aware training course

Read our energy-related policies:

Utilities Management

The university is currently supplied by EDF Energy (electricity) and Corona Energy (gas) via the TEC framework, and Wave (water). 

We monitor our consumption using energy management software (eSight) that is fed by a series of loggers attached to our building-level sub-meters.

Our annual utility spend is in the region of £2.5m a year.

It is essential that we all work hard to reduce our consumption of electricity, gas, and water. There are many additional charges on utility bills – including the Climate Change Levy and Maximum Daily Demand charges – that are linked to our level of consumption. We all want our University to spend money wisely and this is where you can make a direct difference by remembering to switch off appliances and lights when not in use.