LJMU Estate Decarbonisation Plan


Decarbonisation plan for the Liverpool John Moores University estate.

LJMU have recognised that the climate crisis is the biggest emergency we face as a planet and committed to playing a leading role in finding sustainable solutions. They have developed a climate action plan and committed to becoming Net Zero Carbon for scope one and two emissions by 2035.




Liverpool John Moores University

Campus management is one of their five key areas of focus, which will be led by decarbonisation of the estate, increasing biodiversity, enhancing the sustainability of their supply chain and lowering carbon emissions.

Crookes Walker have an ongoing relationship with LJMU, and have gained a good insight into the estate through working on numerous projects with them over the years. This led to the appointment to deliver a comprehensive decarbonisation review of the 20 key retained buildings on the estate.

Following a robust assessment process each site was surveyed, the data analysed, and the decarbonisation strategies modelled and costed, before producing the final reports.

Data Gathering

Energy audits were undertaken following IISO 50002: 2014 standards. Each site was surveyed to inspect the buildings and services, and observe the typical building operation for comparison against the energy consumption profiles.

Analysis and Benchmarking

The data was benchmarked against similar higher education institutions using the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) data. Crookes Walker also engaged with the BMS specialist to review the BMS system for each building and potential opportunities for optimisation.

Heat Decarbonisation Strategies

A dynamic simulation model “digital twin” was created for each building in IES software, using all the available energy data and profiles. Each opportunity and intervention was then modelled to provide holistic energy forecasts for each building including fabric and fenestration improvements, energy reduction measures and opportunities for on-site renewables and energy generation.


An individual decarbonisation plan was produced for each building surveyed, as well as an estate wide carbon roadmap providing a high level overview and general principles to follow.

This carbon roadmap provides a starting point for LJMU to develop their campus management plan over the coming years. It also highlighted some quick wins, enabling them to make some initial decisions and funding applications.

Crookes Walker are proud to be part of the LJMU team driving low carbon solutions throughout their entire estate, which will make a significant contribution to their decarbonisation plan for the coming years.

LJMU ESTATE carbon roadmap

liverpool john moores university estate carbon roadmap

Key stats

buildings surveyed

MTC02e/yr savings identified

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