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WUC recognised for carbon reduction performance

October 2017

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Writtle University College has received a Brite Green Top 10 University Carbon Reduction Award for our efforts in reducing carbon emissions.

The University Carbon Report published by sustainability consultancy Brite Green shows universities in England have achieved their best year-on-year reduction in carbon emissions to date. Total emissions for English universities fell by 7 per cent in the 2015/16 academic year, in comparison to a 10 per cent reduction over the previous 10 years.

“Universities across the country are demonstrating the benefits of implementing carbon management programmes, with some delivering incredible reductions” commented Darren Chadwick, Managing Partner at Brite Green. “Sustainability is a key strategic issue for Universities and leading institutions recognise that it needs to be managed across all aspects of university life; from teaching and research to investment strategy and estates management.”

However, the report reveals that despite improved performance, the sector remains off track to meet its 2020 carbon reduction target of 43 per cent. If emissions continue to fall at the current rate, the sector is forecast to achieve only a 23 per cent reduction by 2020.

Key findings also show that each year more institutions are improving their individual performance, though the majority are still off track to meet their own targets. Of the 127 higher education institutions analysed, only 52 are projected to meet or exceed their 2020 targets.

Professor Peter Hobson, Professor in Biodiversity Conservation and Sustainability at Writtle University College, is a lead figure with the institution's new long-term sustainability project and said: “Writtle University College has recently launched its agenda and strategy for sustainable development in demonstration of its willingness to play its part in meeting the complex and difficult socio-environmental challenges facing the world.

“So many of the problems confronting today's society relate to the unsustainable exploitation of natural resources, and to the impacts this is having on the world's ecosystems and their biodiversity. Global sustainable development requires new thinking, models and practice across almost all aspects of our lives.

“There are no immediate or quick-fix solutions ready to be rolled out but international and national frameworks for more sustainable living do exist and Writtle University College is eager to be a contributing and sharing partner in both national and international initiatives.”

Image caption: WUC recent installation of new solar panels on campus