Climate Emergency Framework

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The EAUC are leading the sector in developing a response to the Climate Crisis.

Below are areas that institutions need to develop their own response to, along with resources to help and guide.

This is being continually developed through engagement with institutions and sector agencies.

The UK government has legislated to achieve net zero emissions on all Green House Gas emissions by 2050 under the 2008 Climate Change Act.


Leadership and Governance

Action Response / Guide
Commit institutionally to going carbon neutral by 2030 or 2050 at the very latest Sign the Global Climate Letter
Create a cross departmental steering group within your institution to engage staff, academics and students to form real actions and change Watch our webinar to share practice
Commit to reporting on the SDGs and provide a common framework of understanding Sign the SDG Accord
Undertake a climate change risk analysis for your institution and work out your action plan Read the EAUC Adaptation Guide
Governors to get engaged Read the EAUC Guide for Governors
Present the business case for sustainability Read the EAUC Guide on Making the Business Case
Ensure senior management have the leadership skills required EAUC Leadership Academy can provide training for SMT
Responding to the Climate Emergency - a guide from Bristol Green Capital Partnership Read the guide

Student Outcomes: Teaching, Learning and Research

Action Response / Guide
All staff and students to undertake Carbon Literacy training EAUC are partnering with Carbon Literacy Project on developing this for the sector. Contact us to get involved.
Offer Carbon Literacy Training for Business Schools in your business school

Contact PRME to get guidance

Design carbon literacy training for other disciplines

Contact Petra at NTU 

EAUC are working with PRME to hold regional training sessions

Ensure climate change mitigation is on all curricula Engage with Responsible Futures
Reduce/minimise academic and staff overseas travel EAUC are partnering with HEPA to develop further guidance. Contact us to get involved. See our Scope 3 Working Group updates.
Create Citizens Assembly with students  
Engage with the Student Sustainability Summit 4th November 2019 - details to follow
Engage with other academics and researchers Contact Transition Lab
Sulitest is a global platform to raise and map awareness of sustainable development. There are UK specific questions included  Sulitest
Climate Strikes De Montford University Strike Activity
Engage students in research with Meliora - a student run journal for student research Meliora
Engage students in inductions University of Manchester 
Project Drawdown – The world’s leading resource for climate solutions  Project Drawdown
Embed SDGs within curriculum Resources here and here
University of Warwick -  BA degree call Global Sustainable Degree with a Masters coming soon More details

Peter Harper Article - Universities must embrace technological solutions climate change

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Article here

Estates and Operations

Action Response / Guide
Clear metrics and transparent, accurate information around emissions, scope 1, 2, 3 Read the EAUC Scope 3 Guidance. EAUC are working with HEPA and purchasing consortiums to provide further guidance. See our Scope 3 Working Group updates.
Carbon Offsetting as a last resort

Use accredited schemes through UNFCC

EAUC & NUS are exploring a sector wide offer.

EAUC are seeking clarity on carbon offset certificates with Ofgem.

Create a Carbon Budget and/or Carbon Tax to fund activities  
Assess your performance and set targets for improvement and learn from others Use the Sustainability Leadership Scorecard
Get your institution engaged with the Roundtable of Sustainable Academic Travel Find out more here
Engage with your Local Authority Find out if your Local Authority has declared a Climate Emergency here
The Wellbeing agenda is a powerful driver

Check to see if your institution is part of the Civic University Commission

Engage with Healthy Universities

Engage with behaviour change Jump is a useful tool for engagement
Review your catering to increase plant-based options Goldsmith's have banned beef and bottled water
Retrofit your existing estate EAUC & Salix are working together on improved funding for retrofits
Develop an Adaptation Plan Use the EAUC Adaptation Guide developed with HEBCoN and AECOM

Partnerships and Engagement

Action Response / Guide
Engage with students and staff through Green Impact Green Impact
Collaborate with key stakeholders in your region - especially your local authority if they have already declared a climate emergency Check your local authority status
Collaborate on a national and international level EAUC is leading on a Climate Crisis Commission which launches in November to engage institutional leaders and sector agencies, in partnership with Universities UK, GuildHE, Association of Colleges, NUS and UKSCN.
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