Reporting Boundary: All 8 Colleges (Leamington, Rugby, Henley-in-Arden,
Moreton Morrell, Pershore College, Trident Warwick, Evesham and Malvern Hills)
Emission sources: electricity, T&D, natural gas, fuels, water and waste
Reporting Period: 1 Aug 2019 –31 Jul 2020
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Warwickshire College Group (WCG), a managing body that administers several colleges of further education in the West Midlands, has achieved Planet Mark certification.
This is WCG’s seventh year of business carbon footprint reporting and Planet Mark certification. It first calculated the carbon footprint of its estate for the year ending July 2013 and set a target to reduce emissions by 5% annually.
WCG’s total carbon footprint for the year ending July 2020 was 3,776.1 tCO2e, a decrease of 12.5% from the year ending 2019. The relative carbon footprint was 0.3 tCO2e per staff and student, a decrease of 1.3% compared to the year ending 2019.
The carbon saved by WCG this year is the same amount as used by 62 homes in one year.
“WCG is a stalwart of Planet Mark. The group constantly strives for the best, for the planet and its learners, and this year is no exception. Despite the range of additional challenges the year brought, WCG has managed continued to put the planet at the centre of its decisions. We are proud to help the group on its carbon reduction journey. Through these results, WCG continues to be a paragon of sustainable practice.”
As part of the Planet Mark certification, WCG has committed to make a year-on-year reduction.
WCG has a wide-reaching sustainability strategy to engage its staff, learners and local communities. From embedding sustainability into key management decisions to exposing learners to sustainable practice through the curriculum and in the College culture, a climate-focused approach is key to decision making at all levels.
The education sector has an important role to play in combatting climate change. First, the sector has a responsibility to educate its learners of the reality of our changing climate. From school strikes to increased interest in green jobs, the sector can capitalise on the enthusiasm of younger generations to instil important lessons and practice into their daily lives. This ethos must go beyond the classroom and into the broader culture of an institution, as changing minds is best evidenced by concrete action.