Education update: a waste of time? Why getting students to reduce their waste is important

Since 2011, the amount of capital funding a higher education institution (HEI) receives from the Higher Education Funding Council for England has depended on how much that HEI has reduced its carbon emissions. Each individual HEI in England has to have its own carbon reduction strategy, targets and associated carbon management plan.

The carbon management plan must include a baseline for 2005 and, against that, carbon reduction targets for 2020, with an implementation plan. The overall target for the higher education sector is a 43 per cent reduction in carbon emissions by 2020 as against a 2005 baseline, but each HEI sets its own target…

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