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HE Provider Data: Estates - open data release

Environmental statistics released today reveal an 8% fall in carbon emissions by HE providers despite a 4% increase in energy consumption.

In 2017/18 HE providers in England, Wales and Northern Ireland consumed 6.7 Terawatt hours of energy, compared to 6.5 Terawatt hours in 2016/17. Carbon dioxide emissions fell from 1.7 million tonnes to 1.6 million tonnes over the same period1.

The figures come from environmental information published by HESA from the annual Estates Management Record. The record is optional for universities in Scotland to return, and some items are optional for all UK HE providers.

HE provider level statistics include the area of universities’ buildings and grounds, renewable energy generation, water consumption, emissions, waste, recycling, transport, and environmental management.

Environmental information is published as open data, freely available for re-use under a Creative Commons 4.0 licence. Data tables in the release include three years of data, with older data back to 2008/09 free to download from HESA’s publication archive.

If you have comments or suggestions about today’s release please give feedback via the Open data feedback form.



  1. Carbon emission figures relate to Scope 1 and 2 emissions excluding emissions from supply chain, transport and waste. Scope 3 emissions figures are included separately in the Environmental information statistics tables for most HE providers.
  2. Figures in this release relate to the academic year 1 August 2017 to 31 July 2018.
  3. See Definitions: Estates for full definitions of terms used in the release and explanation of the coverage of statistics.
  4. HESA cannot accept responsibility for any inferences or conclusions derived from the data by third parties.
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