Climate Crisis University and College Leaders Summit

The EAUC is leading on a Climate Crisis University and College Leaders Summit on 17th October 2019, Westminster, London.

This Summit is by invitation only.
                   
We are facing a Climate Crisis.
 
On 1st May 2019 MPs declared a climate and environment emergency which is being adopted by an ever-increasing number of universities, colleges and sector agencies. The UK government has legislated to achieve net zero emissions on all Green House Gas emissions by 2050 under the 2008 Climate Change Act*.
 
A UK-wide collective agreement and action is needed to enable the further and higher education sector to enable institutions to play a key role in fighting climate change through research, teaching and operations.
 
Hosted in Westminster, this high profile Summit, with strong media coverage, is an opportunity to establish and demonstrate our commitment to sector emissions reduction. Increasingly our students and staff are demanding this. Calling this Summit highlights the urgency of the task and acknowledge the deep concerns students and staff have about their future.
 
Supported by Government departments, sector agencies and sector leaders, the Summit aims to commit to developing a Further and Higher Education Sector Net Zero Emissions Framework. Building on the sector’s existing emissions reduction achievements, the Framework will guide and support all UK universities and colleges to be net zero emissions by 2050 at the latest.
 
Mary Creagh MP, Chair of the Environmental Audit Committee will be speaking at the Summit. We have invited all key Ministers and the leaders of all key sector agencies. Mary Creagh states:
 
“Achieving net zero emissions by 2050 will require action in every sector of society, at scale and at speed. Higher and further education are vital in equipping our next generation of leaders with the research and innovation to tackle this climate emergency. Universities and colleges must lead the way in putting sustainability at the heart of what they teach and how they operate. Government needs to listen to and support the higher and further education sector in this effort.”
 
Leading universities and colleges across the UK are setting their net zero emission targets. These include: University of Cambridge, University of Edinburgh, Newcastle University, University of Glasgow, King’s College London and many more. But there still remains the need for the sector to have a collective agreement on how this will be achieved. Jonathon Porritt, Chancellor of Keele University, says:
 
“I am astonished that, as of today, only 18 UK Universities have declared a Climate Emergency. This tells me that our sector still doesn’t really understand the nature of the crisis in which we now find ourselves. Our students will be expecting every single HE/FE institution to get on the same page here – urgently and purposefully, with real actions following hard on the heels of any declaration”
 
We are asking you – on behalf of the sector – to attend the Climate Crisis University and College Leaders Summit for collective action to agree the following:
 

A UK Higher and Further Education Sector Collective Framework Agreement to achieve net zero Green House Gas emissions by 2050*:

Requiring:
All UK Further and Higher Education institutions to commit to a publicly available net zero emissions target by the end of 2020.
 
Agree to the establishment of sector wide groups to:
  1. Agree on the scope and definitions of sector net zero emissions;
  2. Develop a collective sector carbon offsetting and renewable energy programmes;
  3. Create a collective funding and capacity mechanism to resource net zero action;
  4. Ensure carbon literacy training of all staff and students.
Urgent action is required now and this is your chance to ensure your voice is heard in the way we shape our future. Your participation is highly valued.
 
We look forward to working with you for the future of the further and higher education sector.

*Scotland target is 2045. Wales target is 95% reductions by 2050. Northern Ireland does not have it’s own climate change legislation and emissions targets.
 
Current Attendees
 
Name Title Organisation Status
Mary Creagh MP Chair of Environmental Audit Committee Government Confirmed
Prof. Janet Haddock-Fraser Chair EAUC Confirmed
John French Board Member EAUC Confirmed
Paul Fox Pro-Vice Chancellor Bath Spa University Confirmed
Simon Pirotte CEO & Principal Bridgend College Confirmed
Prof. Andrea Nolan Principal & Vice Chancellor Edinburgh Napier University Invited
Prof. Pamela Gillies CBE FRSE Principal & Vice Chancellor Glasgow Caledonian University Invited
Prof. Frances Corner OBE Warden Goldmiths, University of London Invited
Prof. Trevor McMillan Vice Chancellor Keele University Invited
Prof. Edward Bryne AC President & Principal King's College London Invited
Prof. Malcolm Press Vice Chancellor Manchester Metropolitan University Invited
Prof. Chris Day Vice Chancellor & President Newcastle University Invited
Prof. Andrew Wathey CBE Vice Chancellor & Chief Executive Northumbria University Not able to attend
Prof. David Richardson Vice Chancellor University of East Anglia Invited
Prof. Hugh Brady Vice Chancellor & President University of Bristol Invited
Prof. John French University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership University of Cambridge Confirmed
Prof. Peter Mathieson Principal & Vice Chancellor University of Edinburgh Invited
Prof. Sir Anton Muscatelli Principal & Vice Chancellor University of Glasgow Invited
Stephen Marston Vice Chancellor University of Gloucestershire Invited
Prof. Andy Long Provost and Deputy Vice-Chancellor University of Nottingham Confirmed
Prof. Judith Petts CBE Vice Chancellor University of Plymouth Invited
Prof. Mark Fellowes Pro-Vice Chancellor University of Reading Confirmed
Prof. Joy Carter CBE DL Vice Chancellor University of Winchester Confirmed
Prof. James Longhurst Assistant Vice Chancellor University of the West of England Confirmed
Sonia Roschnik Director NHS SDU Confirmed
Theresa Villers Secretary of State for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs DEFRA Invited
Dr Therese Coffey MP Minister of State DEFRA Invited
George Eustice MP Minister of State DEFRA Invited
Zac Goldsmith MP Parliamentary Under Secretary of State DEFRA Invited
Lord Gardiner of Kimble Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Minister for Rural Affairs and Biosecurity) DEFRA Invited
Jo Johnson MP Minister of State DofE Invited
Gavin Williamson Secretary of State for Education DofE Invited
Nick Gibb MP
Minister of State (Minister for School Standards)
DofE Invited
Kemi Badenoch MP Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Minister for Children and Families) DofE Invited
Lord Agnew Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Minister for the School System) DofE Invited
Andrea Leadsom MP Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy BEIS Invited
Kwasi Kwarteng MP Minister of State BEIS Invited
Lord Duncan of Springbank Parliamentary Under Secretary of State BEIS Invited
Baroness Sugg Parliamentary Under Secretary of State DFID Invited
Alok Sharma MP Secretary of State for International Development DFID Invited
Andrew Stephenson MP Minister of State DFID Invited
Geraint Davies MP Environmental Audit Committee EAC Invited
Philip Dunne MP Environmental Audit Committee EAC Invited
Robert Goodwill MP Environmental Audit Committee EAC Invited
James Gray MP Environmental Audit Committee EAC Invited
Ruth Jones MP Environmental Audit Committee EAC Invited
Jeremy Lefroy MP Environmental Audit Committee EAC Invited
Caroline Lucas MP Environmental Audit Committee EAC Invited
John McNally MP Environmental Audit Committee EAC Invited
Kerry McCarthy MP Environmental Audit Committee EAC Invited
Anna McMorrin MP Environmental Audit Committee EAC Invited
Dr Matthew Offord MP Environmental Audit Committee EAC Invited
Alex Sobel MP Environmental Audit Committee EAC Invited
Derek Thomas MP Environmental Audit Committee EAC Invited
Lord Deben Committee on Climate Change CCC Invited
Baroness Brown of Cambridge Committee on Climate Change CCC Invited
Chris Stark Committee on Climate Change CCC Invited
Jeremy Corbyn Leader of the Labour Party Government Invited
Jo Swinson Leader of the Liberal Democrat Party Government Invited
Sian Beery Co-Leader of the Green Party Government Invited
Jonathan Bartley Co-Leader of the Green Party Government Invited
Nicola Sturgeon Leader of the SNP Government Invited
Arlene Foster Leader of the DUP Government Invited
Alistair Jarvis CEO Universities UK Invited
Celia Partridge Assistant Director, Partnerships and Mobility Universities UK Invited
Tim Bradshaw CEO Russell Group Invited
Greg Walker CEO Million Plus Invited
Vanessa Wilson CEO University Alliance Invited
Jane White Executive Director AUDE Confirmed
Karel Thomas CEO BUFDG Invited
Martyn Riddleston Chair HEPA Invited
Lee Sanders Chair AHUA Invited
Jan Capper CEO CUBO Invited
Chris Sayers Chair CUC Invited
Alison Johns CEO Advance HE Invited
Nicola Dandridge CEO Office for Students Invited
David Blaney CEO HEFCW Invited
Karen Watt CEO SFC Invited
David Hughes CEO AoC Invited
Gordon McKenzie CEO Guild HE Invited
Jamie Agombar Director NUS / SOS Invited
Jo Grady General Secretary UCU Invited
Andrew Main Wilson CEO PRME Invited
Paul Feldman CEO JISC Invited
David Russell CEO Education & Training Foundation Invited
Maggie Galliers CBE Chair Learning & Work Institute Invited
Iestyn Davies CEO Colleges Wales Invited
  CEO Colleges Ireland Invited
Jim Metcalfe CEO College Development Network Invited
Chris Ince CEO AUA Invited
Scott Brooks CEO AUE Invited
  CEO BACHE Invited
Mark Webster Chair HEBCON Invited
Alison Jones Chair HESPA Invited
Amanda Spielman Chief Inspector Ofsted Invited
  CEO People & Planet Invited
Douglas Blackstock CEO QAA Invited
Paul Cusition CEO UMAL Invited
Cathy Day CEO USHA Invited
Prof. Andrea Nolan OBD CEO Universities Scotland Invited
Nick Molho CEO Aldersgate Invited
Amy Mount Head of Greener UK Unit Greener UK Invited
Emily Auckland Network Director UKSSD Invited
Richard Murphy Managing Director TEC Confirmed
Dr Joanna Newman MBE CEO ACU Invited
Claire Perry COP26 President Government Invited










 
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