Energy and Carbon

Energy and Carbon


Reduced usage and increased efficiency mean a smaller carbon footprint. We already use 100% renewable electricity, however we still use gas and biogas for heating and hot water.

Initiatives and progress

  • All new buildings and refurbishments works are delivered to high sustainability standards. The Centre Buildings Redevelopment achieved BREEAM "Excellent" (Design) certification. 
  • We have invested £4.5m since 2015 in retrofitting LSE buildings with energy-efficiency measures, in partnership with the Mayor of London's RE:FIT scheme.
  • Sophisticated building management systems (BMS) provide energy-efficient heating and cooling whilst delivering comfort for building users. Our partner, Portal Building Controls, won the Energy Management Award at the BCIA 2018 Awards for their involvement in LSE’s RE:FIT programme.
  • Planned maintenance projects help improve energy efficiency across campus, including rolling out LED lighting, low-energy lifts and other measures.
  •  LSE's solar PV panels installed across 14 buildings generate 78,000kWh of electricity per year - that's enough to power the Lakatos Building! Combined Heat and Power boilers also provide low-carbon heat and electricity.  
  • Our student engagement programme has helped LSE students living in LSE-owned halls of residence save energy through the Reduce the Juice competition. (link to Get Involved)
  • Staff engagement: LSE staff involved with Green Impact take actions to reduce energy consumption in their offices.


Our carbon emissions (direct and indirect) contribute to the climate change crisis. This has to change. In September 2019, the LSE committed to becoming a zero carbon organisation by 2050, and if possible sooner

Initiatives and progress

To date, the LSE has achieved a 33% reduction in our scope 1 and 2 carbon compared with our 2005 baseline, despite an increase in campus size and the number of staff and students. This is shown in the chart below.

Carbon emissions reduction 2017-18

The School is consulting on the sustainability strategic plan for 2020-2030 – find out how to have your say here. Once the plan is informed we will develop a detailed action plan.

Read about our progress and initiatives so far here:


Start with these simple actions to minimise our carbon footprint

  • Book school travel through Diversity. This enables us to track our travel and associated emissions.
  • Rethink your commute: opt to cycle, run or walk to improve your health and save yourself money. 
  • Switch it off. If you're away from your computer over 5 mins switch off the screen and shut down at the end of the day.
  • Too hot or cold in the office? Dress for the season, then contact Estates Helpdesk to request change in temperature if necessary. Personal heaters and fans can confuse office thermostats and make everyone too hot or cold.
  • Last one out? Switch off lighting and equipment.
  • Take the stairs. It's good for you and the planet.