Swansea University has been named as the only Wales university to be featured in the first Royal Anniversary Trust report outlining an ambitious roadmap towards decarbonizing the higher education sector.
Major Swansea University carbon reduction projects include: “Accelerating towards net zero” Reporting – The first of its kind highlighting emissions reporting and target areas for reduction. It proposes a new standardized carbon reporting framework that will allow all Further and Higher (FE and HE) institutions to measure, report and manage their carbon emissions.
The report is the result of The Platinum Jubilee Challenge, a year-long research project led by 21 HE and FE institutions across the UK, which, like Swansea University, recently won the prestigious Queen’s Day Award. It concludes with 14 clear recommendations for governments and sector priorities to accelerate progress towards net zero.
This report includes student-led, funded projects at Swansea University.
- Student challenge: Selected and supported by the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Student Challenge Award Fund, this student-led project aims to use existing university spaces to create provisions for biodiversity and carbon capture on campus and in the community. purpose. Restoration of peatlands across local landscapes and creation or improvement of on-site areas for growing native species such as sphagnum moss and wildflowers that can rapidly and radically improve habitats for carbon sequestration and nature. .
- UK’s first energy positive classroom: The SPECIFIC Innovation and Knowledge Center (IKC) is pioneering Active Buildings® that generate, store and release their own solar energy in collaboration with partners including Tata Steel. Active Classroom®, part of this project, was developed in 2016 as the UK’s first energy positive classroom, supporting the transition to green energy and integrating self-sufficient renewable energy generation with storage and smart control By doing so, these buildings can facilitate a higher understanding. energy use.
- “Gateway to Zero”: This flagship project will work with private companies, local governments, and other community companies to reduce “off-campus” indirect Scope 3 carbon related to university movement and transportation from supply chains, waste, and consumption services. It aims to reduce emissions. Renewable energy and hydrogen storage hub for transportation with charging infrastructure. This one-of-a-kind hub fosters a range of research and innovation activities and drives innovation, including piloting his H2 bus pioneering Swansea inter-campus services that run every 15 minutes. promote the adoption of low-emission vehicles equipped with 24 hours a day.
- Sustainable Leaf Lab: Swansea University has adopted the LEAF (Laboratory Efficiency Assessment Framework) program 33 across its laboratories to improve sustainability and efficiency.
Swansea University Vice-Chancellor, Professor Paul Boyle Said:
“Following the 2021 Queen’s Day Award win, we are delighted that Swansea University is the only Wales to participate in this flagship net zero challenge. We have collaborated with higher education institutions and FE institutions on this exciting project to develop a framework for carbon reporting.This report will show what can be achieved through effective collaboration and shared ambition. It shows what is possible and provides a clear plan for our sector to reach its important net-zero target.”
Christina Mullin, CEO, Royal Anniversary Trust comment:
“Our goal was to bring together the extraordinary winners of the Queen’s Anniversary Awards to jointly tackle a difficult task. We are very proud of the proposed carbon reporting framework, which, if adopted across the sector, will lead to a consistent It enables flexible, transparent, and data-driven decision making.”