09 February 2011
To coincide with National 'Go Green' week, Canterbury Christ Church University has published a new Carbon Management Plan with a commitment to reduce its energy use by 35% over the next five years.
The University’s Carbon Management Plan 2010 – 2016 activities will help to reduce the amount of gas and electricity it uses by 35% from its 2009 /10 levels, whilst also making significant reductions in emissions from other sources such as water, waste, travel and commuting.
In May 2010, the University joined the Carbon Trust’s Higher Education Carbon Management Programme and since then has worked hard to identify opportunities for carbon savings. Projects implemented so far include lighting upgrades, insulation improvements and voltage optimisation which are delivering a carbon savings of 9%. Further projects have been identified to take this to a 27% saving, with more in the pipeline.
The sustainability team is now moving firmly into the implementation stage of the plan to deliver physical infrastructure changes, as well as finding ways to fully engage students and staff in the quest to reduce the University’s impact on the environment from its carbon emissions.
Keith Gwilym, the University’s Pro-Vice Chancellor (Learning & Quality), said: “The University is committed to reducing CO2 emissions from buildings, waste and transport over this five year period. Working actively with our staff and students to implement the Carbon Management Plan we have every expectation that the targets set out within it will be achieved. In addition we will continue to work with business and local communities to develop the sustainability agenda.
“We are delighted to be part of the Carbon Management Programme as it provides a framework to bring together a number of activities into one coherent plan. It helps us to promote the sustainability message and drive forward our activities to ensure an ongoing commitment to continuous improvement in implementing the environmental responsibility and sustainability aspects of the University’s new Strategic Plan.”
Endorsing the University’s Carbon Management Plan Richard Rugg, Head of Public Sector for the Carbon Trust, said: “There are those that can and those that do. The Carbon Trust is very proud to support Canterbury Christ Church University in developing a financially sound plan to substantially reduce their carbon emissions.”
Canterbury Christ Church University has also published targets for further reductions in emissions by 2020 and is developing a low carbon vision for the University for 2050.
To find out more about the Canterbury Christ Church University’s Carbon Management Plan by visiting: www.canterbury.ac.uk/projects/sustainable-development/index.asp
Notes to Editor
- ‘Green Week’ is national week of action in schools, colleges and universities to raise awareness of climate change through activities. It also asks students and staff to think about how they can change their habits and pledge to do just one thing to cut their energy use. The week runs from 7 – 14 February and events are being held by the Christ Church Student Union to promote the move to a sustainable lifestyle.
The Carbon Trust
- The Carbon Trust is a not-for-profit company with the mission to accelerate the move to a low carbon economy, providing specialist support to business and the public sector to help cut carbon emissions, save energy and commercialise low carbon technologies. By stimulating low carbon action we contribute to key UK goals of lower carbon emissions, the development of low carbon businesses, increased energy security and associated jobs.
- We help to cut carbon emissions now by:
- Providing specialist advice and finance to help organisations cut carbon
- Setting standards for carbon reduction
- We reduce potential future carbon emissions by:
- Opening markets for low carbon technologies
- Leading industry collaborations to commercialise technologies
- Investing in early stage low carbon companies
Canterbury Christ Church University
Canterbury Christ Church University is a modern university with a particular strength in higher education for the public services.
With nearly 18,000 students, and five campuses across Kent, its courses span a wide range of academic and professional expertise.
- As a leading provider of teaching and health care courses we have produced nearly 3,500 health and social care professionals and 7,000 teachers in the last five years.
- Over 90 per cent of our graduates gain employment or are in further study the first six months after graduating.
- Along with over a thousand undergraduate, postgraduate and professional training courses on offer, we are also home to world-leading and internationally recognised research in Education, History, Music and Sports Related Studies.
- Canterbury Christ Church University was founded in 1962 by the Church of England as a teacher training college.