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Respect for the environment is one of the 9 values and commitments stated in the LSE Strategic Plan 2010-15. This value is rooted in the Environmental Policy, which core objectives include:

  • Reduce consumption and increase efficiency of energy and water use in buildings and equipment
  • Reduce emissions and discharges from buildings and equipment
  • Create built environments that meet the highest environmental standards
  • Minimise emissions arising from commuting, business travel choices and deliveries
  • Ensure that LSE graduates have a full understanding of the environmental and social dimensions of leadership

The Carbon Management Plan defines the steps that the LSE has taken and will take in the future to support these core objectives and achieve a reduction target of 54% in its carbon emissions from the 2005/06 baseline year, by 2020. This is to be achieved through energy efficiency, capital investment programmes, improvements in space utilisation and behavioural change programmes.

The Carbon Management Plan was produced with input from academic and administrative members of staff as well as students. The document will be reviewed on an annual basis and updated as additional data becomes available in an iterative process.

Baseline data

One of the key outputs of the Carbon Management Plan was a detailed review of an LSE's carbon emissions, which involved defining an agreed carbon footprint. The emission sources making up the carbon footprint are reported in carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e). This takes into consideration all the greenhouse gases which are produced when a particular type of energy is used, but is then reported as an equivalent amount of CO2 as CO2e.

In this first iteration of the LSE Carbon Management Plan, the scope 1 and 2 emissions have been calculated and a baseline developed.

The figure below shows the total emissions of 14,484 tCO2e for the baseline 2005/06 academic year and 14,263 tCO2e for the most recent 2011-12 academic year. These have been broken down by energy uses across the academic and residential campuses. 

Carbon-Footprint 2012

Total scope 1 and 2 emissions by energy use for the residential and academic campuses.

This 2011/12 carbon footprint represents a 4 per cent reduction from 2010/11 levels and a 2 per cent reduction from 2005/06 baseline. Ongoing capital investments in energy efficiency projects (renewable energy, lighting efficiency, etc.) should lead to greater carbon reduction in carbon emissions in the forthcoming years.

Target 2012LSE carbon emissions from 2005 to 2012 including 2020 target reductions

In order to help develop the baseline for all emissions, using the data available an estimation of the emissions in the baseline year for transport, waste and water (Scope 3) have also been developed and included with the Scope 1 and 2 emissions to show the breakdown of emissions.

Carbon emissions 2005

Carbon Management Plan

Carbon Management Plan  

Carbon Management Plan [PDF]

Carbon Management Report 2012-13 (PDF)