The University of Suffolk has seen the biggest decrease in carbon emissions out of nearly 120 universities across the UK since 2015/16, according to new data.

Figures released this week by the Higher Education Statistics Agency revealed that the University achieved a 64 per cent decrease in Scope 1 and 2 carbon emissions between 2015/16 and 2021/22 – the biggest decrease out of 119 universities for which there was data every year.

Scope 1 emissions are those caused from the combustion of fuel, such as natural gas or by university-controlled sources, while Scope 2 emissions are indirect emissions from the purchase and consumption of electricity supplied by the grid. This excludes emissions from the supply chain, transport, and waste.

The University’s emissions output was 740.7 tonnes of CO2 equivalent in 2021/22 – a significant fall on the 2,032.5 tonnes of CO2 equivalent recorded for 2015/16.

To find out more about the measures the university has put in place, read the full article on their website:

Suffolk records biggest university sector decrease in carbon emissions | University of Suffolk (

The University of Suffolk is a key partner and facilitator of Suffolk’s Climate Emergency Plan, of which public sector decarbonisation is a critical area of focus. Playing an important role in the county’s ambition to achieve net zero by 2030, the University of Suffolk supports the development of county-wide climate action through their presence on the Suffolk Climate Change, Energy and Environment Board.