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.


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

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.
Design discipline focused Carbon Literacy

Contact PRME to get guidance

Ensure climate 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.
Create Citizens Assembly with students  
Engage with the Student Sustainability Summit Dates TBC
Engage with other academics and researchers Contact Transition Lab

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.
Carbon Offsetting as a last resort

Use accredited schemes through UNFCC

EAUC & NUS are exploring a sector wide offer.

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

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 calling a Climate Crisis Summit in October to engage sector agencies
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