With the climate crisis becoming ever more urgent, St Antony’s College is working towards our ambition of achieving net-zero emissions as soon as practically possible.
Staff, students, and Fellows are working together to identify areas across the College estate where we can greatly reduce our impact on the natural environment, manage resources that we do impact in a sustainable way, and conserve and enhance biodiversity across our site. To do this we have undertaken a detailed assessment of our greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions footprint, supported by external consultants, to help us understand our current baselines for energy and water use, waste, recycling, and biodiversity.
We have identified the areas in which our negative impact on the environment is greatest and, through this, agreed to target GHG reductions in the following priority areas:
- Energy use and reliance on gas (which currently accounts for around ~500t CO₂e or 25% of our total emissions)
- Food (in particular to reduce meat and dairy consumption, with potential reduction opportunities of ~65t CO₂e)
- Travel (including air travel, with potential reduction opportunities of >100t CO₂e).
We are in the process of developing a Greenhouse Gas Emissions Action Plan targeting these areas, which will be published on this page soon.