How ambitious is your institution?

University of Salford



Institution type:


University alliance

Mission group:

Score Breakdown:

Target type:

Net zero

This is the type of target the institution has set. The ideal target type is zero or net zero.

Commitment year:


This is the year by which the institution aims to reach the above target. The earlier the date, the more ambitious the target.


Scope 1 & 2

Scopes are the sectors that the institution's target covers in its target. Scope 1 is emissions from direct activity by the institution, scope 2 is the indirect emissions from energy generation and Scope 3 is all other indirect emissions. The ideal carbon target scope is 1, 2 & 3.

Science based approach:


Institutions using a Science based approach - using the Science Based Target Initiative methodology - gain points here as we believe taking a Science based approach will mean the target and accompanying action plan are achievable and effective.

Action Plan:


An ideal carbon target is accompanied by a comprehensive action plan that helps ensure this target is met. This should include a planned emission reduction curve.


Student and staff representation:


Targets should be developed alongside input from student and staff representatives. This could be students and/or students' unions, and staff and/or trade unions. This allows key stakeholders to influence ambitious target setting.


All covered scopes

Offsetting is a way of compensating for emissions by participating in, or funding, efforts to take carbon out of the atmosphere. Best practice is limiting offsetting to unavoidable scope 3 emissions.

Credible offsetting: