Carbon Trust recognises the University’s achievements in reducing our carbon footprint

Posted by mjs76 at Apr 20, 2010 12:11 PM |
The Carbon Trust Standard is a certification which recognises real, quantifiable improvements in carbon efficiency by companies and organisations. And this has now been awarded to the University of Leicester.

Established by the Carbon Trust in June 2008, the CTS is the precursor to the Carbon Reduction Commitment which comes into operation this month. The Trust works with organisations and businesses to establish a clear benchmark for greenhouse gas emissions, against which future savings can be measured.

In order to qualify for the Standard, an organisation must be able to demonstrate:

  • Measurement – of fuel use, electricity use etc
  • Management – initiatives such as staff training and investment in new equipment
  • Reduction – an actual year-on-year decrease in emissions, whether in absolute terms or, for expanding enterprises, in comparative terms

As both a leading education provider and a major employer, the University of Leicester has a strong commitment to carbon reduction. We have a dedicated Environment Team who manage and co-ordinate projects across the University, supported by a whole load of enthusiastic volunteers. Energy efficiency was an integral part of the design of our library, has been incorporated into the current redevelopment of our Students’ Union building and is a major factor in all our grand plans for redevelopment of the campus over the next 20 years or so.

We are committed to reducing our carbon emissions by 60% between 2004 and 2020, so the award of the Carbon Trust Standard is a great milestone for us, especially as fewer than 20 Higher Education Institutions in the UK have received the Standard to date.

What's your carbon footprint? You can use the Carbon Footprint Calculator on the Government's ActOnCO2 site to find out your own personal impact on the environment.