UK Universities risk losing funding unless they achieve carbon reduction targets

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Courtesy of Vital Efficienci Ltd.

New Green League reveals that more than a fifth of UK universities still don’t have a publicly available carbon management plan.

This year’s Green League reveals universities’ carbon emissions have gone up an average 24% so far, despite setting an ambitious target to reduce its carbon emissions by 48% between 2005 and 2020, and 10% by 2012-13. The average increase per university is 7.4%.

What is more, 22% (more than a fifth) of universities who took part in this year’s Green League did not have a publicly available carbon management plan setting out targets for reducing carbon emissions at the time the research was conducted. All this is despite the fact that their capital funding, in England at least, is now linked to the reductions they can achieve against sector carbon reduction targets.

Given that universities can save cash through greater energy efficiency and risk losing funding by not getting their act together, as well as alienating increasingly climate-conscious students, it seems that it’s time for them to get smarter about how they spend their money...

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