PLAN25: Carbon reduction at Goldsmiths

We are working to urgently reduce our carbon emissions and have committed to becoming a carbon neutral organisation by 2025

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Since declaring a climate emergency in August 2019, we have been developing a plan to help us achieve our ambitious goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2025.

This work forms part of the Green New Deal at Goldsmiths.

Our Action Plan

PLAN25 (PDF) is our action plan to help us become a carbon-neutral organisation. 

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It sets out the measures we must take to reduce our scope 1 and 2 carbon emissions and become certified carbon neutral by 2025.

We have also analysed our Scope 3 Carbon Emissions (PDF) – the emissions we contribute to indirectly in our supply chain – in order to radically reduce the carbon intensity of the College’s activities.

Some of the key measures we will take include:

  • We are increasing our recycling and will recycle 50% of our campus waste by 2021 and 90% by 2025
  • We are reducing the carbon impact of our transport and travel by 30% by 2023, and by 50% by 2025
  • We are upgrading our campus lighting to energy-efficient LED and will have 100% LED lighting on our campus by 2025
  • We are reducing our use of single-use plastics on campus, working towards a reduction of 50% by 2025

How will we do this

We have worked to identify the measures that will help us get to our carbon neutral goal and reduce our carbon emissions in other areas.

Some of this work will require changes to the way we manage our campus. Other aspects involve changes in the way we procure goods and services and the day-to-day actions of everyone in the Goldsmiths community.

Greener campus management systems

We are designing a new campus management system that integrates our energy and environmental objectives, overseen by our Estates and Facilities department.

Our energy management will be externally audited to ensure we are on track to meet our commitments to reduce our scope 1 and 2 carbon emissions.

Greener procurement

We are revisiting our procurement processes to help us reduce our scope 3 carbon emissions. These are emissions we contribute to within our supply chain.

This involves changes in the way we procure College-wide goods and services, as well as the procurement processes within our departments.

Making greener choices

We are considering how we can support everyone in the Goldsmiths community to make more sustainable choices in our day-to-day lives on campus, including how we travel and use College facilities.

Co-creating greener higher education

We are committed to working with other institutions to craft new ways of doing things in the higher education sector.

We are particularly interested in how we can reduce carbon-intensive practices within international student recruitment and research.