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. Having merged with City College in 2012 the college initially saw an increase in combined total spend on energy of 1.2million pounds. Since then the College have employed various green initiatives including the installation of Biomass boilers at our Handsworth and Hall Green Campuses resulting in the use of a renewable energy source. Also five of the college campuses have had Photo Voltaic Cell installations (PV) installed to allow the college to reduce its carbon footprint and draw electricity supply, where generated, from solar gain. These initiatives, along with the introduction of our LED lighting replacement programme and Voltage Optimisation project, have seen the annual spend on energy reduce to £988k for 2015/2016, a saving of 18% since 2012, with a further projected saving of 14% for 2016/2017 on target.
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.