DMU and Arup win NationalConsultancy Awards for Sustainability Work
Posted: Wed, 22 Jun 2011
De Montfort University (DMU) and consultancy partner Arup have been recognised by two national organisations for their industry-leading work in sustainability. The work to identify and reduce scope three carbon emissions was rewarded by the Management Consultancies Association (MCA).
DMU and Arup were presented with the MCA Environment Award beating off competition from IBM, PricewaterhouseCooper and Coca-Cola. They also won the inaugural The Times MCA award for the best client and consultant relationship.
Scope three carbon emissions include the staff and student commute, business travel, waste water and procurement. DMU enlisted the help of Arup after reports by a former DMU MSc student identified that scope three emissions could make up 75 per cent of an organisation's total carbon footprint.
Arup calculated greenhouse gas emissions at DMU for five years from 2005, highlighting key carbon hotspots and identifying solutions. The key finding was that scope three emissions did account for three quarters of the university's total emissions and the majority resulted from procurement – the buying-in of goods and services.
Karl Letten, DMU's environmental and sustainability officer, helped draw up the plans with Arup. He said: "We were delighted with the outcomes of the study, which identified significant carbon savings for the university and highlighted the potential to reduce emissions generated through procurement activities."
The project has helped DMU identify savings of £350,000 and carbon emissions equivalent to 800 tonnes of CO2. Thanks to this work, the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) is now looking at a framework for all universities to measure, report and reduce Scope Three emissions over the next few years.