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Carbon Targets

Campaigning for ambitious carbon targets in universities & colleges
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What is the carbon targets campaign?

Students Organising for Sustainability UK (SOS-UK), alongside the National Union of Students (NUS), the University and College Union (UCU) and People & Planet (P&P) are calling for ambitious carbon reduction targets to take action on the climate emergency and ecological crisis.

We know that in order to have any hope of limiting temperature rise to 1.5 degrees we need to commit to and start delivering these ambitious targets by the end of the academic year (2020/21).

​We've collated UK university and college carbon reduction targets to view and compare across the sector. Targets are scored based on the ambition, and we will develop the resource at a future date to score based on progress and implementation. Check out our scoring methodology.

Find out about your university or colleges carbon target

A suitable goal for the sector

We have articulated a suitable goal for the sector to support institutions to develop targets. However, this is not a prescription, and we would expect individual targets to be developed in consultation with students and staff, and justifiable to their own university community.

UK universities and colleges should publicly commit to being net zero emissions for scopes 1, 2 and 3 by 2030.

Within 12 months of this commitment, institutions should have developed a fully-costed, comprehensive action plan showing the planned emission reduction curve.

Targets should be set by the end of the 2020/21 academic year and action plans published by the end of the 2021/22 academic year.

​Visit our website to see more detail.

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For any queries on this work, please contact melanie.kee@sos-uk.org. To add or update your institution's data, please fill out this quick survey.

Look up your institution's carbon target

SOS-UK, alongside the National Union of Students (NUS), the University and College Union (UCU) and People & Planet (P&P) are calling for all UK universities and colleges to publicly commit to being net zero emissions for scopes 1, 2 and 3 by 2030 to tackle the climate emergency and ecological crisis.

We know that in order to have any hope of limiting temperature rise to 1.5 degrees we need to commit to and start delivering these ambitious targets, and we've created an easy resource to see how your university or college is doing!

Check out your institutions target, and compare across the sector, at www.carbontargets.uk.