We’ve recently created a carbon footprint for the 2020-2021 financial year. As everyone knows, sustainability and carbon reduction is a key theme at the moment. You can’t solve a problem you don’t fully understand. Carbon footprinting is critical to both understanding where we are in our journey to decarbonisation, as well as monitoring our progress.
This new carbon footprint covers April 2020 to March 2021. This period was unprecedented, with a huge amount of campus being closed. The lockdown is clearly visible in our footprint, with the reductions in emissions a result of both deliberate reduction measures, and the mandatory low levels of occupancy across our sites. 2020 to 2021 is a year no one is likely to forget, an anomaly, which we sincerely hope will remain the exception and not the norm.
We expect our footprint to increase next year, as things hopefully continue to move towards the new normal. Measurement remains vital though, and we will continue to record and report our carbon footprint.
Even with the uncertainty of the last eighteen months, huge strides have been made. The graphic below shows our headlines for the year.