Carbon emissions resulting form the consumption of electricity, gas and water at Edinburgh Napier's academic buildings have reduced by 54% between 2006/07 and 2017/18 and by 12% over the last year. A fantastic achievement which exceeds our target to reduce emissions by 38%. A number of projects have contributed towards and influenced the reduction, as noted within our energy pages. To help contribute towards national and international commitments and to strive for best practice, our emissions must reduce further. All staff and students can help. To find out more, read about our Environmental Sustainability Network.
Carbon Management Plan Background
Our Carbon Management Plan (CMP) was the first environmental plan of any sort implemented at Edinburgh Napier, developed to pull together all aspects of environmental impact resulting from of the use of energy, business and commuter transport (scope 3), disposal and recycling of waste and consumption of water. The Plan, developed in 2007/08 set a target of reducing carbon emissions by 25% by the end of our 2012/13 academic year (from a 2006/07 baseline).
At the start of the 2011/12 academic year, through close monitoring of our work, we realised that we would meet our original 25% target early. So we took the opportunity to work with the Carbon Trust and their consultants to revisit the CMP and assess all aspects of it with the view of producing a revised CMP. The assessment gave useful insight into the original CMP, including areas that were working well and areas that weren't. 50 staff and students contributed to the process by attending workshops and suggesting potential improvements and project ideas. We encourage and welcome any ideas and suggestions that will help our overall commitment. Contact Jamie Pearson.
The revised CMP was launched, with a target of reducing carbon emissions by 35% by the end of the 2014/15 academic year (using the same 2006/07 baseline), the target was subsequently extended to and then achieved at the end of 2015/16 academic year. The document continues to function as our Carbon Management Plan within 2016/17 and 2017/18. Similar to the original, the updated Plan contains a wealth of information, with detailed project plans and a greater emphasis on participation of staff and students at Edinburgh Napier, including switch-off campaigns and greater appreciation of resource consumption over all campuses and University buildings.
The principals and targets set within the Carbon Management Plan are holistically embedded for ongoing development within the current Environmental Sustainability Plan 2016/17 - 2017/19. Future activity to manage and reduce carbon emissions will be incorporated into the planned Environmental Sustainability Strategy.
We are very proud of our carbon reduction achievements to date. To ensure ratification and assessment of our work, we gained the Carbon Trust Standard in 2010, superseded with the Carbon Masters Standard in 2012. We also gained the Carbon Trust Water Standard in 2014. Read all three Standard applications for snapshots of our work covering carbon reduction, governance and communication. We were finalists in both the 2011 and 2012 Environmental Association of Universities and Colleges Green Gown Awards Carbon Reduction Category for our efforts. Read our 2012 Green Gown Award application.