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The University of Oxford is the largest contributor to Oxford's carbon footprint, according to new data released by the city council.

The institution is responsible for about 8% of total emissions in the city, the authority's Climate Emergency Strategy Support report says.

The findings follow an examination of Oxford's greenhouse gas emissions, including carbon dioxide, produced by its 155,000 residents and 4,500 businesses.

It also found that:

  • 81% of total emissions come from buildings
  • Residential buildings account for 29% of total emissions
  • Transportation is responsible for 17% of total emissions
  • Waste is responsible for less than 2% of total emissions

Tom Hayes, cabinet member for Zero Carbon Oxford, said: "Now that we’re armed with the latest evidence, we’ll look at the levers we can pull on directly to reduce emissions."

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