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Our journey to becoming carbon zero

Nottingham has serious sustainability ambitions for the city and as a college we share these ambitions. As a large employer, occupying a sizeable estate, we must set an example for responsible environmental management and we have a duty to raise environmental awareness among our staff and learners.

Our journey to zero

Since our baseline year 2019/20 we have reduced our carbon emissions by 33%, some 1100 tonnes!

Reduced water consumption by 70,000 litres per year.
Zero waste sent to landfill.
Drastically reduced our single use plastic offer in our refectories.
Introduced a greater range of meat free options across our catering provision.
700 trees planted.
Partnered with a new Green Energy Supplier for our electricity supply.

New and upcoming projects

  • Launching a new Green Skills Centre for Nottingham thanks to the LSIF (Local Skills Investment Fund) through which we will share a grant of some £6.6 million to invest in green skills delivery.
  • Delivering £3 million of improvements to our Adams and Highfields campuses as part of our ongoing estates decarbonisation programme.
  • Open two, new ultra low carbon buildings at our Basford campus to house a new construction skills centre and a new centre for students with learning disabilities and/or difficulties.

Sustainability news

Mayor opens Nottingham College’s eco-friendly garden as part of carbon zero initiative

Published on: 21 June 2024

The East Midlands Mayor, Claire Ward, attended High Pavement Sixth Form for the grand opening of a new garden space as part of our college’s commitment to become carbon net zero by 2030.

Join us at The Nottingham Motor Show 2024!

Published on: 7 May 2024

Discover how we are shaping the future of the automotive industry at the East Midlands largest automotive event on June 8th and 9th at Wollaton Hall.

Sustainability event success

Published on: 3 May 2024

Some of our City Hub students organised and held a sustainability event with a variety of different stalls and activities to get involved with!

Meet the winners of our sustainability competition!

Published on: 26 April 2024

Earlier this week, we ran a sustainability pledge competition as part of our Earth Day celebrations!

How renewable energy is the future

​Learn more about how renewable energy sources are made and how to make our future greener. We teach our students to be more sustainable throughout their learning with us, as we progress into an everchanging and green-conscious industry.

This video features lecturer Abbad introducing our horizon kits that students learn from and with.


To be above our Carbon zero target by 2025.


Becoming Carbon Net Zero, for Type 1 & 2 (direct) emissions by 2030.

Understanding Environmental Sustainability (TQUK Level 2 Certificate) (19+) - Online Learning

This course is aimed at anyone seeking to improve their understanding and awareness of environmental sustainability.