What is a carbon brainprint?

Carbon Brainprint logoUniversities make tremendous intellectual and technical advances that help other organisations and individuals reduce their own carbon footprints. This is the universities’ carbon brainprint.

The initial project developed a set of approaches to estimating the carbon brainprint of an activity, such as research, development, consultancy or training. These were applied to six case studies from Cranfield, Cambridge and Reading Universities, which demonstrated the large impact that higher education institutions can have.

Why measure carbon brainprints?

Measuring universities’ carbon brainprint will allow them to quantify the impact of their research, innovation and knowledge transfer activities on cutting global GHG emissions.

It provides further endorsement of the value of investing in universities such as Cranfield to address the challenge of global warming.

Download the final report and the guidance on calculating brainprints from Cranfield CERES. More detailed reports on the case studies can be downloaded from the case study pages.

New – paper published (20 May 2015)

‘Carbon brainprint – An estimate of the intellectual contribution of research institutions to reducing greenhouse gas emissions’ published in Process Safety and Environmental Protection 96, 74–81 (doi 10.1016/j.psep.2015.04.008). Free download (until 9 July 2015). Standard download (requires payment or subscription to journal).


GGHClogo300x200The Carbon Brainprint project was highly commended at the 2011 Green Gown Awards in the research category.

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