Energy Use at Bangor
With more than 100 buildings across Bangor, Menai Bridge & Wrexham, Bangor University uses a significant amount of energy every year for day-to-day operations including heating, lighting and running equipment.
During the 2020/21 academic year, Bangor University used around 34 million kWh (34 GWh) of energy. That’s equivalent to the annual energy use of around 2,281 average UK homes. Most of this energy (20.3 million kWh, approximately 59.7%) was in the form of natural gas for heating buildings and providing hot water. Carbon emissions associated with the University’s use of natural gas totalled 3,718 tonnes CO2e* for 2020/21.
Electricity for lighting, computers and other equipment was the next most significant form of energy use at the University (12.9 million kWh approximately 38.1%). The other 2.2% of energy use was in the form of LPG and Heating Oil, to provide heating to our properties that are not connected to mains gas.
Energy and Carbon Emissions
As a University, we understand that our use of fossil-fuel derived energy is contributing to global climate change. In 2019, the University declared a Climate Emergency and in 2020 approved a target to reach net zero carbon scope 1 and 2 by 2030.
Since 2005, the University has been working to reduce energy use and associated carbon emissions through our Environmental Management System. Between 2005 and 2021, we have reduced our total energy use per m2 floor area by 42.4%. With the introduction of our renewable electricity tariff, we reduced our reported carbon emissions by 79.7% between 2010 and 2021 (per m2 floor area).
* Including corrected FTE data for 2018/19 and 2019/20
For more information on the University’s environmental performance, all our Annual Environment Reports can be found here.
Between 2018 and 2019, Bangor University invested £2.5 million in energy efficiency improvements as part of the Welsh Government’s ReFit Cymru scheme. In total, the scheme is projected to reduce the University’s energy consumption by around 12%. For more information, see the ReFit Case Study page.
Whilst we are taking steps to make the University more energy efficient, and to reduce the carbon emissions associated with our energy use, it is still important that every member of the University does their bit to help us meet our energy and carbon reduction goals.
- Many rooms have sensors to turn lights on and off, but some rooms don’t. When you leave a room, check if the lights need to be turned off and don’t leave lights on in empty rooms
- Turn your computer off when not in use, especially over weekends and holiday periods
- If you can, turn off any equipment when it isn’t in use. Always check with the owner/user of any equipment before switching it off though, as it might be part of an experiment or other important procedure
- Don’t leaver chargers plugged in when not in use
- If the temperature in your space is too high or too low, report it to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Consider the energy efficiency ratings of new equipment before purchasing
*CO2e: Carbon Dioxide Equivalent. Click here for a definition.