Calculating Carbon Footprint at Somerset College

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Somerset College calculated the carbon footprint for 2006/07 using the Greenhouse Gas Protocol as a basis.

This specifies boundaries for scope 1 (direct emissions) and scope 2 (indirect emissions from purchased electricity, steam or heat), but scope 3 (other indirect emissions) is really open to each organisation as to what they want to include (hence making carbon footprints incredibly difficult to compare!).

This report covers the period 1 August 2006 to 31 July 2007, and is Somerset College’s first
assessment of a wide range of environmental indicators. The College is gaining publicity for it’s commitment to sustainability through the Genesis Project, and the development of education for sustainable development (ESD) in the curriculum.

The College is keen to extend this commitment to developing the sustainability of the college campus.