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HE Provider Data: Estates Management environmental information 2020/21

133 UK HE providers submitted Scope 1 and 2 carbon emissions data for 2020/21, up from 129 in 2019/20.   

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Total Scope 1 and 2 carbon emissions for the 133 providers who submitted data stood at 1.4 million tonnes CO2. Of the 126 providers who submitted data in both 2019/20 and 2020/21, 65 saw an increase in emissions.

132 providers submitted total energy consumption data for 2020/21 compared to 130 in 2019/20. Of the 126 providers who submitted data in both years, 85 saw their energy consumption rise. The total energy consumption of all providers in 2020/21 was 6.9 Terawatt hours. Consumption and emissions data will have been impacted by the varying COVID-19 restrictions which impacted activities on campus in both of these academic years.

129 providers submitted data on waste mass with a total of 247,000 tonnes. 70% of this waste mass was recycled with 8% going to landfill.

The figures come from environmental information published by HESA from the annual Estates management record (EMR). The open data publication HE Provider Data: Estates Management includes the area of universities’ buildings and grounds, renewable energy generation, water consumption, emissions, waste, recycling, transport, and environmental management.

From 2019/20, the EMR return is a statutory requirement for HE providers in Wales but is optional for HE providers in England, Scotland and Northern Ireland. 


  • 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. 
  • See Definitions: Estates management for full definitions of terms used in the release and explanation of the coverage of statistics. 
  • HESA cannot accept responsibility for any inferences or conclusions derived from the data by third parties. 
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