Most universities failing to hit carbon reduction targets

Figures reveal that the majority of United Kingdom universities have failed to meet their carbon reduction targets, writes Helena Horton for The Guardian.

The sector had a goal to reduce emissions directly controlled by institutions by 43% between 2005-06 and 2020-21. However, 59% did not meet this target, according to the estates management record at the Higher Education Statistics Agency. This data has been used by the People and Planet University League to rank universities’ efforts to reduce carbon.

This year, Cardiff Metropolitan University topped the league table for the first time with a 65% decrease in emissions over the 15-year timeframe. Oxbridge may top other league tables, but it is slipping down the carbon rankings. The University of Oxford has fallen 16 places to 40th, while Cambridge fell two places to 86th. Russell Group universities have shown improvement with two – the University of Exeter and University College London – in the top 10 and, in general, the group has scored higher than last year.
Full report on The Guardian site