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HE Provider Data: Estates – Open data release

Environmental statistics released today reveal a 3% fall in energy consumption and a 7% fall in carbon emissions by HE providers in 2018/19.

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Among UK HE providers who submitted energy and emissions data to HESA for both 2017/18 and 2018/19, total energy consumption fell from 7.4 to 7.3 terawatt hours. Carbon dioxide emissions fell from 1.7 million tonnes to 1.6 million tonnes over the same period.1

HE providers who submitted data on waste management for 2018/19 generated just over 511,000 tonnes of waste, of which 72% was recycled. 11% of waste was sent to landfill with most of the remainder going to energy generation via incineration or anaerobic digestion.

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

Tables in the release show the data for each HE provider going back to 2015/16. The Estates Management Record for 2018/19 was optional for HE providers in Scotland, and one English HE provider is also excluded from the data.2


  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. University of Birmingham data are not included in this submission [the 2018/19 Estates Management Record data], in line with the OfS letter to institutions dated 25 March 2020, which set out reduced regulatory requirements during the Covid-19 outbreak, including that the Estates Management Record 2018/19 did not need to be returned by the previously set deadline.
  3. See Definitions: Estates Management 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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