Carbon Management Plan
University of Wolverhampton


The University of Wolverhampton are a leading Higher Education Institute serving the local, national and the global student community. The University benefits from award winning, state of the art facilities and excellent links to the community, businesses and international partnerships.

The University is founded on innovation and recognises the challenges and responses required to manage Climate Change. The University, with an annual energy cost of £2.75M and a carbon footprint of 16,750 tonnes were keen to manage costs and lead on mitigating climate change.


Briar have worked with over 50 Universities developing Carbon Management and Energy Saving Programmes and were privileged to assist the University of Wolverhampton. The Carbon Management Plan assessed Scope 1, 2 and 3 emissions and delivered a costed 5 year programme of projects. The programme worked to embed environmental commitments at all levels through the University and was led by Henry Gun-Why, Director of Estates and sponsored by Jane Nelson, The Pro VC.

Achievements & Benefits

The CMP was endorsed by Professor Caroline Gipps, Vice Chancellor with the Governors committing a £2M investment programme to reduce carbon emissions by 25% over 5 years.

The University have pro-actively advanced the programme with many positive outcomes and estimate that annual energy savings of over £0.5M per year are being delivered through this programme.

  • Major investment into Combined Heat and Power
  • LED lighting and control refurbishments
  • Variable Speed Drive and VO programmes
  • BMS and control upgrades
  • Staff and student awareness initiatives

Briar have been pleased to assist the Estates Department with the design and project management of Low Carbon investments to support the programme. This has included the management of annual programmes advanced through Salix funding.

Energy, Carbon & Financial Saving
Collaborative Low Carbon School Service


Briar have an excellent reputation for working with stakeholders to collaboratively develop resources for energy efficiency and carbon saving. Over the last 25 years, we have been engaged in many programmes and have been privileged to work closely with the Carbon Trust in disseminating energy saving opportunities.

Briar were selected as the lead consultant for the major CLCSS programme on the basis of our 25 years experience working with Local Authorities to drive school energy efficiency and our successful delivery of the Climate East Midlands, SCoRE programme that worked with all of the 9 East Midlands Local Authorities in an award winning carbon reduction programme.

CLCSS Programme

CLCSS collaborated with over 40 Local Authorities across England to develop, pilot and deliver fast-track energy saving tools to enable estates and sustainability staff to assist their network of schools to deliver savings. The tools focused on practical enabling activities to deliver and demonstrate savings and were created to be used by the whole school community. A few of the key tools developed include:

  • Schools energy & carbon monitoring & benchmarking tool
  • Fast-track saving, whole school resources
  • Taking control of your heating resource
  • Getting the benefit from AMR
  • Invest-to-Save - Project Identification tool

The programme achieved a demonstrated 14% £1.1M p.a. saving in energy consumption across the 500 pilot schools, with some schools saving over 30% energy consumption. More importantly, the programme drove a plethora of activities within the school community, engaging pupils in sustainability and energy saving.

This programme transferred knowledge and expertise to the Local Authority, sustainability staff and it is pleasing that many of the CLCSS programmes continue to roll-out the resources to their school network. Briar continue to support a range of Local Authorities, Colleges, Academies and private schools to achieve substantial energy and financial savings.

Pupil participation

This has proved to be an extremely effective way to reduce energy consumption.

Paul Charlton, Director of Support Services, Fairfax School


This has helped our continued efforts to reduce costs and contribute to the sustainability of our school.

Ian Harrison, Building Manager, Coppice & Langley School

School case study