Join the Race to Zero before 6th November 2023
What is the name of your institution?
Why did you sign up to the Race to Zero for Universities and Colleges?
To live our values, particularly those of environmental and social justice, set out in our Vision and Strategy, and to demonstrate visible leadership on climate action. To hold ourselves to account for our net zero plans and further develop our collaborative working with the sector.
What have you achieved since you have joined the Race to Zero for Universities and Colleges?
Launch of our Climate Action Plan in June ‘21 (Highly commended – Green Gown Awards 2021) establishing our plans for Net Zero by 2030, building on our carbon reduction to date (achieved BEIS Carbon Pledge of 30% reduction) Initiated, and secured funding for, a range of carbon reduction projects including:
How are you leading the transition to net-zero? Consider the Leadership Practices and how you are engaging others to join the Race to Zero for Universities and Colleges or other Race to Zero campaigns.
Newcastle was the first City in the UK where anchor institutions including the University, Council and NHS Trust all declared climate emergencies, and we work collaboratively on climate action with partners in the City. Newcastle is recognised as a global climate leader - as one of only 11 cities in the UK to achieve an A-rating for its climate action work by CDP.
Through the ‘planet’ strand of our Collaborative Newcastle programme and the Net Zero Task Force co-chaired by Professor Hayley Fowler with the Leader of the City Council, we are working with partners to develop and align our action plans – including securing funding to progress major projects such as the design of a citywide ambient loop district energy network.
We also involve our students in this work including:
What challenges have you had?
The pandemic both brought new challenges e.g. increased building energy consumption driven by increased ventilation, and opportunities e.g. new ways of working including normalisation of videoconferencing for many meetings.
Calculation methodologies and data quality for many scope 3 sources remain relatively weak, and there is a need to ensure emissions reporting approaches in the sector remain robust and aligned.