Ahead of the UN climate change conference (COP26) next week, Jisc has welcomed the commitment of the research and education sector to reduce its impact on the environment and set out its own approach.
This week, Jisc’s owners, Association of Colleges and Universities UK published guidelines, commitments and recommendations for their members. These initiatives will support education organisations as they continue their essential journeys towards net zero.
In welcoming the announcements, deputy chief executive and chief operating officer, Alice Colban, outlines Jisc’s plans for addressing climate change as part of its overall corporate social responsibility agenda. She said:
“Tackling climate change is a priority for Jisc and we have already committed to achieving net zero, including offsetting emissions, by 2040.
"We are collaborating with external experts to help us achieve this and, once that analysis is clear, we aim to bring forward this target.
“As a tech organisation, this is a complex task, which includes assessing our cloud-based services and the way in which we consume and recycle technology.
“We also recognise our responsibility to provide guidance to member colleges, universities and research centres as they work towards their own net zero targets, and we applaud the work underway by Universities UK and the Association of Colleges to drive the green agenda for the sector.
“We’ll be working hard with sector partners and stakeholders to make the planet a better place for all.”
Jisc has, to date:
- Included both strategic and operational climate risks in our risk framework
- Prepared an environment policy
- Recycled IT equipment
- Maintained gold membership through our Trees for Life partner
- Made the environment a priority for all Jisc offices
- Begun the complex process of analysing carbon emissions of our cloud-based services