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Nottingham Trent University launches pioneering Net Zero Carbon Supplier Tool to HE sector

Nottingham Trent University (NTU) has developed a pioneering tool to enable higher education institutions to meet Net Zero Carbon targets.

NTU Net Zero Carbon Supplier Tool logo
NTU Net Zero Carbon Supplier Tool

Developed in-house and in collaboration with NETpositive Futures, the Net Zero Carbon Supplier Tool not only provides an institution with more accurate supply chain (scope 3) carbon emissions data but also proactively targets and influences its suppliers to reduce their own carbon emissions.

Following a successful pilot with NTU’s own suppliers, the Tool has been rolled out to five universities ahead of the official launch in September; University of Birmingham, University of Manchester, University of Lancaster, University of Bath and Anglia Ruskin University.

The Tool was developed in response to two issues:

  • The need to better calculate supply chain emissions as existing methodology didn’t reflect sustainable decisions put in place, or a growing institution
  • The need to influence and educate suppliers to reduce their own carbon emissions in a way that captured the volume of suppliers as well as the size (the majority being SMEs)

The resulting Net Zero Carbon Supplier Tool addresses the first issue by producing more accurate carbon emissions data. In addition, suppliers are provided with an estimated carbon footprint and a bespoke carbon reduction plan free of charge. Where businesses supply multiple universities, their profile will be shared with those institutions. Therefore, the Tool not only helps HE institutions reduce their carbon emissions but helps their suppliers in turn to work towards meeting the UK’s target to reduce carbon emissions by half by 2030.

Kate Brown, Head of Procurement at Nottingham Trent University said: “As one of the most sustainable universities in the world, we set an ambitious target of achieving net zero carbon emissions across the University by 2040 – 10 years ahead of the Government’s legally binding target.

“As with many organisations, most of our carbon footprint is due to supply chain carbon emissions. It’s a challenging situation in that most of that is outside of our direct control, so we’ve developed this tool which allows us to work in partnership with our suppliers to help both of us meet our targets.

“We’re delighted with the feedback we’ve had from other HE institutions to date as part of the pilot and are looking forward to working with other institutions in the Autumn in order to collectively respond to our obligations to become Net Zero.”

Charmaine Morrell, Head of Sustainability, University of Birmingham said: “We recognise the importance of sustainability and taking action on the climate crisis and have set demanding Net Zero Carbon (NZC) targets. With around 70% of our carbon footprint coming from supply chain emissions, working with suppliers is an increasingly important area of focus for our NZC plans.

“This Tool will play an essential part in helping our supply chain become more aware of their actions and how we can work together towards Net Zero. For the University, it will improve the quality and robustness of supply chain emission data and enable more detailed insight into our own carbon footprint, for taking further action on.

For institutions looking to find out more about the Net Zero Carbon Supplier Tool there is a Sustainable Procurement Session taking place at the EAUC Conference at the University of Bath on 27 June, or they can register to attend the official launch Webinar on 20 September.

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    About Nottingham Trent University

    Nottingham Trent University (NTU) received the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education in 2021 for cultural heritage science research. It is the second time that NTU has been bestowed the honour of receiving a Queen’s Anniversary Prize for its research, the first being in 2015 for leading-edge research on the safety and security of global citizens.

    The Research Excellence Framework (2021) classed 83% of NTU’s research activity as either world-leading or internationally excellent. 86% of NTU’s research impact was assessed to be either world-leading or internationally excellent.

    NTU was awarded The Times and The Sunday Times Modern University of the Year 2023 and ranked University of the Year in the Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2023. It was awarded Outstanding Support for Students 2020 (Times Higher Education Awards), University of the Year 2019 (Guardian University Awards, UK Social Mobility Awards), Modern University of the Year 2018 (Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide) and University of the Year 2017 (Times Higher Education Awards).

    NTU is the 5th largest UK institution by student numbers, with approximately 40,000 students and more than 4,400 staff located across five campuses. It has an international student population of 7,000 and an NTU community representing over 160 countries.

    Since 2000, NTU has invested £570 million in tools, technology, buildings and facilities.

    NTU is in the UK’s top 10 for number of applications and ranked first for accepted offers (2021 UCAS UG acceptance data). It is also among the UK’s top five recruiters of students from disadvantaged backgrounds and was the first UK university to sign the Social Mobility Pledge.

    NTU is ranked 2nd most sustainable university in the world in the 2022 UI Green Metric University World Rankings (out of more than 900 participating universities).

Published on 22 June 2023
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