Universities and colleges that do the most to reduce carbon emissions and lower their business gas and electricity spending could soon find they are rewarded with more funding.
The Higher Education Funding Council for England has suggested that funding levels could become tied to environmental performance, providing an extra incentive for higher education institutions to save energy and pursue greener practices.
Institutions are being pushed to commit to cutting emissions by nearly 35 per cent from 1990 levels by 2020 and to publish regular reports detailing their progress.
Richard Rugg, head of public sector at the Carbon Trust, said: "Expecting higher education to sign up to the same commitment as the UK is only reasonable, while the more ambitious target of halving emissions in the next ten years is certainly achievable."
He added that some UK universities will reach these targets within just six years.
The UK is committed to using renewable means to generate 15 per cent of its national energy demand by 2020.
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