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University of Northampton targets net zero carbon by 2030

Written by on July 12, 2021

The University of Northampton has reaffirmed its commitment to combating climate change by pledging to becoming net zero carbon by 2030.

The institution’s management team has endorsed the pledge to deliver net zero carbon by 2030, which means the University needs to eliminate or offset 5,000 tonnes of carbon emissions* by the end of the decade. You can see the University’s pledge on the One Planet Pledge website.

The University’s net zero carbon action plan will largely focus on electricity and natural gas use at its Waterside campus, as they are the main causes of carbon emissions.

As part of our Greener and Cleaner Northampton campaign we spoke with Danielle Bird Energy Officer at the University of Northampton about their Net Zero Carbon plan.

UON Energy Officer Danielle Bird

The University’s commitment to combating climate change won the Levelling Up Universities Award which recognises higher education institutions and their staff that are committed to boosting opportunity and being truly purpose-led. The categories are based around the Levelling Up Goals launched earlier this year by former Education Secretary Rt Hon Justine Greening, and provide a benchmark for activity focused on driving equality of opportunity.

The University received the award linked to Goal 13; “Harnessing the energy transition” for their pledge to eliminate or offset 5,000 tonnes of carbon emissions by the end of the decade.

Environment & Sustainability Manager Victoria Blake from the University of Northampton accepted the award on behalf of the Estates and Campus Services team, and said: “The Government will be looking towards universities to provide solutions that enable the UK to meet its commitments to climate action and net-zero targets. This award is proof that we are at the vanguard of ambition and resolve to do what is right for people and the planet.”

You can see more from our Greener and Cleaner Northampton campaign at nliveradio.com/greenerandcleanernorthampton


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