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Estates management 2020/21 - Scope 3 carbon emissions from water supplyScope3CarbonEmissionsFromWaterSupply

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Scope 3 carbon emissions from water supply

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The fields in this entity contain data about the scope 3 carbon emissions from water supply.

Applicable toEngland Northern Ireland Scotland Wales

All higher education providers (HEPs).


This conversion will be undertaken by HESA.

These are scope 3 emissions in total greenhouse gas emissions (tonnes) associated with the supply of water consumed by the HEP.

HESA will calculate this metric by taking the water consumption figures returned under Water consumption and converting to tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalents using the relevant carbon conversion factor.

Following the 2008 Climate Change Act, the UK government bodies and Higher Education Funding Councils developed strategies for reducing carbon emissions in higher education. These include a commitment to consistency in the reporting of Scope 3 data, which lead to the voluntary collection of scope 3 emissions through the Estates Management record. For consistency across the sector, HEFCE have provided guidance on measuring scope 3 carbon emissions. Further details of policies on reducing carbon emissions by country can be found below.

England - Carbon reduction target and strategy for higher education in England.

Wales - Carbon Management Policy.

Scotland - Public Sector Sustainability Reporting Guidance.

Northern Ireland - Carbon Reduction.

Emission conversion factors

Prior to the 2011/12 Estates Management Statistics record, the conversion factor used was based on carbon dioxide (C02) per unit. However, from the 2011/12 Estates Management Statistics record onwards, the alternative Defra measure of equivalent carbon dioxide (C02e) is used instead. This change accounts for additional Greenhouse Gases, including CH4 and N20.

The Defra conversion factors and guidance provide the conversion factors as well as supplemental information. Furthermore, HEFCE scope 3 carbon emissions guidance was commissioned to help the higher education sector in measuring and reporting scope 3 carbon emissions.

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