Green Gown Awards 2016 Best Newcomer Field Studies Council Winner

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Carbon vision 2020

In 2010 the Field Studies Council set its vision for 2020 and with the need to reduce carbon emissions a target was set to reduce our carbon emissions by 40% per learner by 2020. 

We have been investing to ensure progress towards our carbon reduction target.  Many learning locations now have some energy created from biomass, solar or hydro sources.  We have implemented a new Environmental Policy and focused on promoting positive environmental behaviours to our staff and visitors.

At the end of 2015 we had reduced our carbon emissions by 16.30% per learner. We also have now gained the Carbon Trust Standard who stated that the ‘Emissions Intensity Reduction Benchmark’ showed FSC to have achieved a 29.8% reduction between 2013 and 2015, the highest in the education sector. Organisationally, in absolute terms, we reduced our annual carbon emissions from 2,620 tonnes to 2,023 tonnes in the same time period.

Top 3 learnings

1 We found engaging with all staff can lead to significant behaviour changes and can have a huge impact on carbon reduction.

2 Our investment in renewable energy production and modern efficient energy systems have made significant reductions in carbon emissions and cost savings

3 We have a diverse range of historic and modern buildings in rural and urban locations, yet many examples of good practice can be transferable with great success.

CO2t Savings: 597 tonnes  
Actual/Estimated: Actual
No. of yrs: 2

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