Elmwood College has successfully graduated from the Carbon Trust’s Carbon Management Programme with a commitment to reduce our carbon emissions.
The College are one of 42 organisations in Scotland which have recently graduated from the seventh phase of the Carbon Management Programme this year, receiving a certificate from the Carbon Trust and John Swinney, Minister for Finance and Sustainable Growth, at the official ceremony at the Apex Waterloo Place Hotel, Edinburgh.
The Carbon Management Programme is designed to help organisations develop a targeted framework to deliver carbon reduction practices by establishing their current baseline emissions, assessing the risks and opportunities posed by climate change, and developing a robust strategy to reduce carbon footprints over a five to ten year period. 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.
Elmwood Principal, Jim Crooks said, “Elmwood is wholly committed to Sustainable Development in all aspects of our life as an organisation and especially as a provider of training, skills and education. We began a carbon management programme in 2004 by commissioning a Carbon Trust survey. Since that time we have made significant progress such that if we continue on our current trajectory we will achieve a total carbon reduction of 31% by 2014. We now aim to redouble our efforts through the Carbon Management programme and we look forward to contributing our own effort to the other graduates from the scheme. By acting together, the cumulative effect will amount to a significant change in practice and will effectively control many of the causes of climate change.”
Environmental Development Manager at Elmwood, John Salter said, “We intend to meet our targets through a combination of no cost and low cost options and by continued implementation of the estates maintenance strategy and by targeted implementation of new technologies. In the longer term, the College will be commissioning a new college building fully compliant with BREEAM Excellent specification thus achieving our ultimate target of Carbon neutrality by 2050.”
The Carbon Management Programme is designed to deliver improved management of buildings energy use, vehicle fleets, street lighting and recycling of waste. The programme is supported by a bespoke toolkit that gives detailed guidance on the programme’s process and technical advice. It also facilitates the sharing of best practice between participants, enabling them to learn from each other’s experience, thereby optimising results.
By March 2009, the organisations which had prepared a Carbon Management Plan have so far collectively reduced their carbon dioxide emissions by over 350,000 TCO₂, with associated energy bill savings in excess of £35 million.