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At South and City College Birmingham, we understand that climate change is one of the major challenges facing the world today. The scale and speed of the change may have an adverse effect on our students, staff, economy, environment and local community and reinforces our commitment to take action.

Thinking Greener is about the college as a whole becoming more aware of the energy we use and working together to reduce it.

We also recognise that by reducing our energy consumption will help us make significant cost savings. In 2009/10 the college spent £520k on energy. If we reduce that by 30% we will save £238,797 each year and a total of £970,587 by 2016. This money could be put back in to the college.

We are going to start Thinking Greener in everything we do. As part of this, we have produced a five year plan to reduce our carbon emissions in partnership with the Carbon Trust – our Carbon Management Plan. It confirms our commitment to reducing our carbon emissions and the effect we have on the environment. It sets an ambitious target for us to work towards and details how and where we will act.

We have already come a long way in recent years. The significant investments we have made across the college's campuses have improved our buildings and systems but there is still much more we can do.

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