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How Nottingham College is working on its sustainability

Becoming Carbon Net Zero for Type 1 & 2 Emissions. Changes have been implemented over the last few years that have enabled the college to significantly reduce these types of emissions from 3238.53 tCO2e in 2018/19 to 2055.81 tCO2e which equates to a 37% reduction (3% off the 2025 target).

Measures are currently in place that will create this 3% reduction assuming consumption of electricity and gas does not increase. Achieving a further 60% reduction will require significant changes to our estate’s infrastructure including:

  • Optimising electricity and heat

    The retrofitting of buildings ensuring heat and electricity use is optimised.

  • Decarbonising our energy supply

    Further decarbonising our energy supply, ensuring our campuses use green energy suppliers.

  • Space utilisation

    Ensuring efficient utilisation of space across our campuses.

The college has adopted the AOC s FE Climate Action Road Map which sets out a series of logical steps a college can take to aid their journey in becoming a more sustainable organization. The college is making excellent progress on this journey.

Work is well underway on the production of the colleges first Sustainability Strategy and the linked Sustainability Action Plan. A draft of the strategy is available and the final version to be published in May 2023.

The strategy covers:

  • Resource Management.
  • Becoming Carbon Net Zero.
  • Incorporating sustainability in Academic Excellence.
  • Engagement with our communities.

To be above our Carbon zero target by 2025.


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