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University of Edinburgh Zero by 2040

The University of Edinburgh has announced a commitment to become zero carbon by 2040

The University’s newly published Climate Change Strategy 2016 lays out a comprehensive whole institution approach to climate change mitigation and adaptation in order to achieve its ambitious targets.

The institution will reduce its carbon emissions per £ million turnover by 50% from a 2007/08 baseline, and will become a net zero carbon university by 2040.

The Strategy states the University will take action on research, learning and teaching, operations, responsible investment, and will investigate renewables opportunities. The University’s five campuses will also be used as “living laboratories” for learning and to test innovative ideas that can be replicated elsewhere.

The Strategy identifies key areas of focus as electricity, gas and business travel, and targeted programmes will be developed to reduce emissions in these areas.

Programmes to encourage positive behaviours will also be enhanced to further reduce emissions and encourage staff and students to participate.

A new £2.75 million Sustainable Campus Fund has been established that will allow staff and students to propose projects that could deliver energy efficiency savings across the University.

Sustainable travel advice will also be rolled out to improve awareness of alternative travel options and reduce business travel emissions, and the University’s vehicle fleet will move from fossil fuel to electric power.

30 November 2016

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