Westminster Higher Education Forum

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Next steps for net-zero Higher Education

Morning, Thursday, 14th July 2022


This conference focuses on the way forward for reducing the environmental impact of the UK higher education sector.


It will be an opportunity to assess progress and consider next steps for HE operations and practices.


The discussion comes with commitments published by UUK in Confronting the climate emergency - with pledges from UK universities to set targets in line with government reduction aims for emissions under their own control, and those that come indirectly from commissioned goods and services.


As providers begin to look further at reducing emissions across their value chain, delegates will discuss best practice and latest thinking on the creation of institutional strategies, targets and action plans.


Overall, areas for discussion include options and next steps for:

  • travel & mobility - remote learning ◦ digital assessment ◦ placements ◦ carbon budgeting, measurement practicalities & best practice ◦ impact on staff & students
  • academic culture - working arrangements ◦ research ◦ networking ◦ exchange ◦ key issues
  • the estate & operations - reducing campus emissions ◦ identification & measurement ◦ procurement & working with suppliers ◦ support ◦ financial impacts of sustainable practices
  • investment, finances & sustainability - sustainable & responsible investment ◦ divestment ◦ protecting financial stability ◦ impact of the pandemic & proposed changes to HE funding
  • strategic direction - planning & implementation for environmental sustainability ◦ best practice ◦ knowledge exchange & sector coordination ◦ alignment with wider policy

We are pleased to be able to include keynote sessions with Professor James Longhurst, Assistant Vice Chancellor: Environment and Sustainability, UWE Bristol, and Chair, EUAC; Professor Judith Petts, Vice-Chancellor, University of Plymouth; and Chair, Universities UK Climate Task and Finish Group; and Alison Robinson, Deputy Executive Chair and Director of Corporate Affairs, Natural Environment Research Council.



Keynote Speaker

Alison Robinson

Deputy Executive Chair and Director of Corporate Affairs, Natural Environment Research Council

Keynote Speakers

Alison Robinson

Deputy Executive Chair and Director of Corporate Affairs, Natural Environment Research Council

Professor James Longhurst

Assistant Vice Chancellor: Environment and Sustainability, UWE Bristol, and Chair, EUAC

Professor Judith Petts

Vice-Chancellor, University of Plymouth; and Chair, Universities UK Climate Task and Finish Group

Chairs

Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle

Former Leader of the Green Party of England and Wales

Wera Hobhouse MP

Vice Chair, All Party Parliamentary Climate Change Group

Speakers

James O’Neill

Principal Consultant, Proxima

Professor Janice Kay

Provost and Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor, University of Exeter

Katie Stewart

Senior Research Officer, Share Action

Dr Ellen Quigley

Special Adviser to the Chief Financial Officer, University of Cambridge; Senior Research Associate, Centre for the Study of Existential Risk, University of Cambridge

William Richardson

Founder and Managing Director, Green Element

Joel Arber

Group Managing Director, SUMS Consulting

Cllr Rishi Madlani

Head of Climate and Sustainable Finance, NatWest Group; and Chair of Pension Committee, Camden Council

Professor Rachael Rothman

Academic Lead for Sustainability, University of Sheffield