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UCA continues to exceed CO2 reduction targets

The University for the Creative Arts (UCA) has continued its downward trend in carbon emissions this year, significantly exceeding set targets and further reducing the University’s carbon footprint.

Earlier this year UCA confirmed that it had reduced its carbon emissions by more than a third between 2010 and the 2016/17 academic year, reporting a 37 percent decrease and reaching its 2020 reduction target three years early.

Scott Keiller, Sustainability Officer at UCA, said: “Further to our significant energy consumption reductions, we are working hard to continue to beat our targets and to incorporate sustainability into all future projects at the University.

“Since reaching the 2020 target, we have continued to make substantial progress in ensuring that we are increasing our efficiency. Emissions in 2017/18 were 12 percent lower than emissions in 2016/17 and almost half that of the 2005 baseline of 6,188 tonnes.”

A number of sustainable measures have been adopted by the University to reduce its overall carbon emissions. Some of these have included more efficient space and water heating, lighting and control systems, Electric Vehicle Charge points, and the inclusion of solar panels.

In 2017, UCA joined a growing number of UK universities in declaring that it has no direct investment in companies involved in the carbon energy industry, including those involved in extracting fossil fuels. UCA also publicly committed to ensuring that adverse climate impact would be avoided in any future corporate investments it made.

UCA is Europe’s second largest provider of creative education and offers a diverse portfolio of creative arts, business and technology courses at campuses in Canterbury, Epsom, Farnham, Rochester, Hampton Court and Maidstone as well as by distance learning.

For more, take a look at the latest Energy and Environment report.