Manchester Metropolitan University has officially signed up to a national drive to cut carbon.
We’re committing to aim for a 10% reduction across key areas of our carbon footprint, with the ultimate aim of achieving a 10% cut in MMU’s total emissions in 2010.
According to University’s Environment website, MMU’s combined electricity, gas and water bill was £3,890,010 last year with a total footprint of 25,505 tonnes of carbon dioxide.
Joining 10:10 will help us cut energy costs in the short term and also put MMU at a strategic advantage in the longer term.
The UK is committed to emissions cuts of 34% (below 1990 levels) by 2020 and in the coming years will see high-carbon institutions being squeezed harder by laws put in place to make sure this target is met.
John Hindley, Head of Environmental Strategy said: ‘Joining the 10:10 campaign is just one element of the University’s efforts to advance environmental and social responsibility with the goal of equipping staff and students with the knowledge to be sustainable global citizens.’
MMU is also taking part in ‘Degrees Cooler’ an initiative to embed culture change to cut carbon usage. One outcome has been a 30,000 kWh reduction in electricity usage in Manchester halls of residence thanks to a student awareness competition called Big Student Switch Off.
If you'd like to get involved with 10:10, please go to www.1010uk.org. Staff and students are invited to take part in an open workshop during Mind, Body and Spirit Week, March 15 – 19, 2010.
Manchester Metropolitan University is a leading university for the professions and a powerful driver of the North West economy.
The University educates and trains large numbers of the region’s legal and business professionals, scientists, engineers, teachers, health workers and creative professionals. It enjoys an excellent reputation for teaching and applied research and is a recognised innovator in partnership working with its local communities. The University is currently investing almost £300 million in its estate and facilities.
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