The Climate Emergency Task Force was formed in response to the Climate Emergency Declaration that was made in September 2019. Five subgroups were created (Mobility, Energy/Resources/Water, Space/Consumables, Engagement/Communication and Planning/Reporting/Data) to identify key changes that can be made across the University; as part of this they are integrating the UN Sustainable Development Goals into solutions and projects. This will support the creation of our annual Sustainability Development Goal report.
The Task Force was established to:
- Provide greater coordination in existing sustainability activity; and
- Ensure we have fully considered and addressed the breadth of activities relevant to environmental sustainability in higher education.
The Taskforce will initially:
- Make recommendations to enhance the consideration given to issues of environmental within University structures and governance.
- Engage with relevant professional service departments to map and inform work programmes directed towards carbon neutrality (scope 1, 2 and 3 emissions).
- Engage with Faculties to:
- inform departmental planning through mapping of educational and research activity; and
- identify opportunities to reduce scope 1, 2 and 3 carbon emissions.
- Evaluate current environmental sustainability activity in the context of the University’s policies relating to environmental sustainability, the climate emergency and broader corporate social responsibility (CSR) frameworks.
- Engage with CCSG in relation to its planned Sustainability Strategy.
- Map current and planned activity, identify gaps and draft a Roadmap for Environmental Sustainability.
In thematic terms, the Taskforce will consider the following:
- Education and Student Experience
Ways of fostering learning for sustainability, access to learning that enhances student understanding of sustainability, campus experience, and enhance students’ extra-curricular skills.
- Research for Environmental Sustainability
Supporting and promoting research related to sustainability making sure that the University’s operational and strategic work is informed by this research.
Determining how best to publicise and report on this activity to engage the campus community (and beyond) in positive dialogue to make the University more environmentally sustainable, supporting the University’s strategic Regional Leadership goal.
- Resources and Operations
How the University reduces the impact of its operations and the resources that it uses to have a positive impact on the local environment through the effective management of its estate and operations. This includes space utilisation, energy use, carbon management, transport, waste management, built environment, procurement, and biodiversity on campus. How to mobilise actions towards net-zero targets.
- Governance and Quality Assurance
How to ensure that aims and objectives are delivered and celebrated in a transparent way.
Task force will report to Chris Ennew executive sponsor for sustainability. The final report is planned for end 2020.