If universities want to hit climate targets, they should use their land for carbon offsetting
Over 1,000 universities and colleges from 68 countries have pledged to halve their emissions by 2030 and reach net zero emissions by 2050. Moving to renewable energies and cleaner transport will all help, but with so many ancient listed buildings within the North East universities, reducing emissions whilst heating and maintaining them is much harder to do.
Whilst carbon offsetting and storing is a controversial topic, Professor David Warner from Newcastle University says it could be an essential practise to help reach net zero goals and one that can be achieved through using their own land.
Newcastle University research concluded that they could offset up to 50% of their greenhouse gas emissions by changing the way it uses land at their two research farms, Cockle Park and Nafferton.
Read more in David’s article.