Robert Gordon University was one of four organisations in Aberdeen which successfully graduated from the Carbon Trust's Carbon Management Programme with a commitment to reduce their carbon emissions.
The organisations, which also include Aberdeen City Council, the University of Aberdeen and the Scottish Agricultural College, were among 43 organisations to receive a certificate from John Swinney, Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth, at the Apex Waterloo Place Hotel, Edinburgh on 21 September, marking the end of the seventh phase of the programme.
The Carbon Management Programme is designed to deliver improved management of buildings energy use, vehicle fleets, street lighting and recycling of waste. Since the programme began in 2003, nearly 100 public sector organisations have developed, or are in the final stages of developing, a Carbon Management plan.
Key factors which contributed Robert Gordon University's success include partnering with the Carbon Trust in the development and implementation of a sustainable energy awareness strategy and the University's new Garthdee Master Plan.
Ongoing targets to continue the good work will be determined by the University's Carbon Management Plan (CMP). The setting of future reduction targets for CO2 emissions and energy usage will be influenced by, among other issues, potential opportunities for sustainable energy generation, either separately or together with others.
The University's Green Travel Plan with its targets to reduce the dependency on lone car usage and promote the use of public transport will also feature as will the further development of the University's Video Conferencing strategy to reduce the necessity for individuals to travel to other locations.
John Stocks, manager, Carbon Trust Scotland, said: "We have been delighted with the enthusiasm from this year's cohort which has recognised the need to take action on climate change and implement measures to reduce their carbon footprints. Whilst the environmental benefits of cutting carbon are clear, the current economic climate is forcing organisations to address their energy spend with a view to cutting costs.
"This year has also seen the graduation of a much wider range of organisations and we are particularly pleased at the engagement of the education sector with a further 18 colleges and six universities graduating from the programme this year with a commitment to reduce their carbon emissions by an average of 20%."
By March 2009, the 50 organisations which had prepared a Carbon Management plan have so far collectively reduced their carbon dioxide emissions by over 350,000 tCO?, with associated energy bills savings in excess of £35 million.
About the Carbon Trust
The Carbon Trust is a not-for-profit company with the mission to accelerate the move to a low carbon economy, providing specialist support to business and the public sector to help cut carbon emissions, save energy and commercialise low carbon technologies. By stimulating low carbon action it contributes to key UK goals of lower carbon emissions, the development of low carbon businesses, increased energy security and associated jobs.
The trust helps to cut carbon emissions now by:
- Providing specialist advice and finance to help organisations cut carbon
- Setting standards for carbon reduction
It helps reduce potential future carbon emissions by:
- Opening markets for low carbon technologies
- Leading industry collaborations to commercialise technologies
- Investing in early stage low carbon companies