17 October 2016

Carbon Innovation Programme launches for new academic year

The University’s Carbon Innovation Programme has kicked off for its second year.

The programme runs annually, from October to April. It’s designed to enlist the skills, expertise and creativity of Oxford’s staff and students to help the University meet its extremely demanding carbon-reduction targets, which oblige it to cut carbon emissions by 33% compared to 2005/6 levels by the end of 2020/21.

Teams and individuals get training and support to devise an innovative project, service or product that can be applied to a specific area of the functional estate to generate carbon savings. They create detailed business cases and present their proposals to a judging panel in January; the most viable get support and possibly funding to put them into action. Successful projects then get a Carbon Innovator Award at the Sustainability Showcase Awards Evening. Last year generated new ideas including making the ventilation fans on the fume cupboards in the Chemical Research Laboratory respond to wind conditions outside; once applied this could save £40,000 and 189 tonnes of carbon every year.

The programme is a collaboration between the Estates Services Environmental Sustainability team, the Environmental Change Institute, New Energy Systems Thinkers, the Saïd Business School Skoll Cente, the Knowledge Exchange and Impact Team and the Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences Division Enterprise Team. Find more information and guidance on how to get involved on the programme website.