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In 2011, the then Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) developed a carbon reduction strategy recommending a combined emissions reduction target of 43% by 2020. By 2020, just a third of universities were on track to meet this target1.
As a response to the slow uptake, the Emissions Reductions Pledge 2020 was introduced, setting out a framework to which universities specifically could adhere and pledge to reduce emissions as much as possible. Just five universities signed up to pledge a 40% reduction in emissions by 2020/21. The government has stated they will explore the possibility of pursuing more ambitious targets, and more stringent regulation is looking increasingly likely.
The choice for higher education is similarly clear: act now, decarbonise using the suite of options and funds available, reach your own targets; or wait for the impending government regulation that will force the decision.
We help universities and colleges to reduce their carbon emissions, while reducing energy costs and creating safer, healthier, and more productive learning environments for teachers and students alike. Our extensive experience in helping to solve the energy challenges in education ensures the maximum return on investments, increased efficiency and reduced carbon emissions.
1. 2019 People and Planet University League and 2021 HESA Estates Management data
Education providers are under pressure to demonstrate value for money, and deliver positive learning environments on a limited budget. Their annual energy costs are estimated to be around £400 million, but the Carbon Trust estimates these could be reduced by as much as 25%.
Resilient operations are critical to reduce the risk of power outages that can impact student performance and satisfaction. Effectively managing risks demands an energy strategy that reduces exposure to grid failures and supports efficient management of energy estates.
Students' attitudes towards the climate are changing and education organisations need to have a long-term energy and carbon reduction policy. Investment in energy technology is critical to meet carbon targets, as well as maintain your reputation in a competitive market.
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