Carbon Elephant prepares for new academic year

NTU celebrates its wins with carbon saving as we steer towards 2020 targets.

Since 2011, Nottingham Trent University’s initiative to reduce its carbon footprint – known as the Carbon Elephant, due to the size of the task in hand – has been encouraging staff and students to take responsibility for their impact on the environment, with a commitment to reduce the University’s emissions 48% by 2020/21.

The Carbon Elephant has proven very popular with staff across the institution, and the efficiency savings it has created are funding further environmentally friendly measures – carbon offsetting projects, reward schemes to incentivise staff, and the inclusion of energy efficiency systems in new buildings. It has also enabled NTU’s Greening the City project to create more green space across the University’s campuses, including the Boots Library roof garden and the redevelopment of Dryden Corner.

Staff and students are leading on carbon-reduction activities, with the introduction of an annual Green Week each November to raise awareness of environmental issues and encourage individuals to think about what they can do to help. Steps taken by the University have included increasing the use of renewable energy sources, improvements in green infrastructure, and the introduction of a low-carbon refurbishment policy. NTU even has a growing fleet of green vehicles – both hybrid and entirely electric.

In light of NTU’s growing student population, the Environment Team is now beginning to measure emissions by the number of full-time equivalent (FTE) students enrolled in the University. By this new measure, the Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) suggest that while the University is very much heading in the right direction, we are not yet on course to meet our reduction targets by 2020. There is more work to be done, and the beginning of a fresh academic year is a great opportunity to redouble our efforts.

 

Carbon Elephant prepares for new academic year

Published on 11 August 2016
  • Category: Environment and sustainability

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