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The Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) set an initial target for universities to reduce emissions by 43% by 2020

UK universities struggling to reach 2020 emissions target

Despite progress being made to tackle carbon emissions in the higher education sector, universities are still struggling to achieve collective 2020 reduction pledges, according to the latest Brite Green Higher Education Sector Carbon Progress Report.

Oxford Brookes University. The new partnership between Open Energi and Prefect Controls will see student bedrooms provide crucial flexibility to the UK grid using demand response

Could demand response solve the university challenge of reducing student energy use?

Oxford Brookes University has become one of the first educational establishments in the UK to use demand response as a way of reducing energy usage in student accommodation.

The BREEAM Outstanding rating was given, in large, due to the use of the biomass energy centre

UK's first True Zero Carbon student campus given green light

The UK's first True Zero Carbon accredited student accommodation sites looks set to open later this year, after the University of Hertfordshire secured a BREEAM Outstanding rating for a new £120m campus building.

The university plans to instigate further sustainability upgrades in 2017 when it consolidates its three campuses into one

London Metropolitan lights up carbon reduction rankings with new LED project

London Metropolitan University has been named as England's number one university for carbon reduction, after using a new LED light installation as part of a wider scheme that has seen carbon emissions slashed by 47%.

Aston University has introduced monthly Go Green workbooks which are sent to each department, calling for evidence and ideas on how to improve energy efficiency

University challenge: How behaviour change can unite staff and students on sustainability

Britain's universities are facing the same carbon conundrum as the entire global economy: how can you achieve meaningful emissions reductions while the market in which you operate continues to grow? Birmingham's Aston University believes it has found the most effective answer: behaviour change.

By the end of the Week, it is hoped that students will make individual pledges to help lower their carbon footprint

Go Green Week: Universities champion sustainable behaviour change

Universities across the country are switching off appliances, sending excess clothing to charity shops and cycling to seminars as part of national 'Go Green Week' - a week dedicated to raising awareness on tackling climate issues.

Globally, investors worth $2.6trn have joined the divestment movement

Eight UK universities join divestment push

Eight UK universities with endowments worth a total of £69m have announced fossil fuel divestment commitments.

Just 16% of business leaders confirmed that they have significant changes in the pipeline

Business leaders unmoved by low-carbon transition, survey reveals

More than 40% of business leaders continue to dismiss climate change and the transition to a low-carbon economy as a 'minor concern', according to new research from Aston University.

Just 13% of businesses are confident they have the skills to successfully compete in a modern sustainable economy

Are 'slow-to-adjust' business schools contributing to the sustainability skills gap?

EXCLUSIVE: Business schools are contributing to the sustainability skills gap by failing to offer enough environmental and ecological education, despite an increasing demand from businesses.

The key feature of any Earthship is that they are self-sufficient not relying on mains water or energy from big companies

Brighton 'Earthship' crowdsources for new energy systems

An entirely self-sufficient, off-the-grid building designed to educate students and the public about low-carbon issues has turned to crowdfunding to upgrade its own energy and water systems.

Christ Church college at the University of Oxford - one of the worst-performing universities based on carbon emissions

Growth in universities takes toll on sector emissions

Universities and colleges in England have fallen further behind their collective 2020 carbon reduction target, with absolute emissions increasing in the last academic year.

The University of Cambridge will slash carbon emissions and reduce water consumption

Cambridge launches green vision to cut emissions by a third by 2020

The University of Cambridge is aiming to cut carbon emissions by 34% as part of its new sustainability strategy for the next five years.

This week saw big numbers from the UK Budget as well as big businesses such as Facebook and Lamborghini

Sustainability stats: This week in numbers

It's been a hectic week for sustainability professionals, with the Summer Budget leaving many edie readers with some big numbers to mull over...

Students turned out in London to push Warwick to divest. Photo: Fossil Free Warwick University

Divestment success: Warwick Uni ends fossil fuel investments

Warwick University has today (8 July) announced it will divest from fossil fuels, making it the latest university to bow to student and academic pressure to end investments in coal and oil.

Friday to Saturday (3-4 July) mark celebrations of Solar Independence Day

Solar Independence Day: Six ways solar is revolutionising sustainability

As Britain enjoys a bout of summer sun, solar farms are preparing to open up to the public for Solar Independence Day.

All business leaders need to explore our relationship with the rest of the living world, writes Chris Nichols

Ecology: Time to go deeper...

For the third part of our series with Ashridge Business School, Chris Nichols delves into 'Deep Ecology'; what it is and why it matters, explaining why the MSc in Sustainability & Responsibility course spends a week at Devon's Schumacher College with resident ecologist Stephan Harding.

Coca-Cola is collaborating with Cranfield University to investigate the future needs of sustainable manufacturing

Coca-Cola bottler highlights six keys to sustainable manufacturing

Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) has released the first results from its partnership with Cranfield University, outlining six key themes in sustainability for the industry in the coming years.

Ashridge Business School in Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire. The School launches the MSc in Sustainability in October

edie partners with Ashridge Business School for new feature series

edie has partnered with one of the world's leading business schools and leadership development providers for a series of articles focused on growing international debate and best practice around sustainability.

Student campaigners occupy the University's Engineering building

Edinburgh University makes divestment U-turn

Edinburgh University has announced plans to divest from coal and tar sands within the next six months, apparently reversing a recent ruling by the university's court.

University of Edinburgh decides against fully divesting from fossil fuels

Edinburgh University rejects calls to divest from all fossil fuels

Climate change campaigners reacted with disappointment as Edinburgh University announced on Tuesday that it would not fully divest from fossil fuels.

Aston University has seen its emissions reductions slow down since 2012

Higher student fees influencing university emissions cuts

EXCLUSIVE: Increased tuition fees and competition among UK universities have created a generation of evermore demanding students which is complicating the sector's attempts to reduce emissions.

Sunswift's eVe solar-powered car

VIDEO: Solar sports car nears road-readiness

A team of Australian students claim they are less than three months away from completing the Southern Hemisphere's first road-legal solar-powered car.

Medical students across the world have compared the health impacts of tobacco with extreme weather and climate crisis in a letter written to Gates Foundation and Wellcome Trust

Group representing one million medical students backs fossil fuel divestment

The fossil fuel industry is a bigger threat to global health than tobacco and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Wellcome Trust have a moral obligation to divest from it, an international organisation that represents 1 million medical students has said.

The University plans to remove the estimated £1.5m currently held in oil and gas equities within three years

SOAS leads London universities with divestment decision

The School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) University of London has become the first university in London to fully divest from fossil fuels following a lengthy campaign by staff and students.

Student campaigners want Edinburgh University to divest fully from fossil fuels

Edinburgh Uni expected to dump coal and tar sands stocks

The University of Edinburgh is expected to approve plans to divest from companies involved in coal and tar sands extraction, but campaigners said the action did not go far enough.

Fossil fuel divestment campaigners at a rally outside Oxford University, which recently deferred its divestment decision

Top academics ask world's universities to divest from fossil fuels

It is both unethical and untenable for universities around the world to continue to invest in fossil fuel companies whose plans to prospect for more oil, coal and gas endanger future global prosperity, according to an influential group of academics.

 A toilet at the University of the West of England is proving urine can generate electricity. Photograph: UWE Bristol

University installs prototype 'pee power' toilet

A prototype toilet has been launched on a UK university campus to prove that urine can generate electricity, and show its potential for helping to light cubicles in international refugee camps.

Research is underway to evaluate the viability for commercial operation and developing a take-back system for end-of-life fuel cells

Project underway to develop fuel-cell recycling process

Work has begun on the development of a new recycling process to recover and re-use high-value materials from waste fuel-cells.

The partnership will see students and academics from Northumbria School of Design focus on areas such as developing new packaging technology for Unilever

Northumbria University to help Unilever meet sustainability targets

Northumbria University has announced a formal alliance with Unilever to help the company establish new ways of meeting its packaging, water-use and energy sustainability targets.

Undergraduates have a chance to get a £5,000 bursary towards their studies under ReFood's scholarship programme.

ReFood unveils industry-first food waste scholarship

Food waste recycling specialist ReFood has unveiled the industry's first dedicated scholarship programme to inspire the next generation of sustainable students.

Gucci-owner Kerring says the new partnership will be an incubator for new ways of thinking about sustainable fashion

Kering and London College of Fashion put sustainability in the spotlight

A new sustainable fashion conference, an award for sustainable fashion and a sustainable design course are all features of a new partnership between French fashion conglomerate Kering and the London College of Fashion (LCF).

The guide identifies the challenges and opportunities of campus sustainability in terms of energy, waste, and water consumption.

Top universities publish guide to 'forge path to sustainable future'

Oxford and Cambridge are among 10 of the world's top universities to have published the 'Green Guide for Universities', helping universities worldwide become more sustainable.

Full divestment will mean the reallocation of around £18m of current investments over a 10-year period

Glasgow pioneers academic fossil fuel divestment in Europe

The University of Glasgow has become the first scholastic institution in Europe to pledge to divest from the fossil fuel industry.

Formula E is focused on 'the three E's': Energy, Environment and Entertainment

Formula E: Six sustainability facts about all-electric motorsport

The world's first fully-electric race series - Formula E- got underway this weekend in Beijiing. But just how 'sustainable' has the sport become?

The installation of 300,000 LEDs will provide Unite with a 3.5% annual reduction in its CO2 emissions

Student accommodation set for energy efficiency makeover

Unite Students, which provides accommodation for 41,000 students across the UK, is collaborating with Philips to install energy-efficient LED lighting across all of its properties.

Government commits to buying locally-sourced food to help cut waste

Government unveils food buying standard to help public sector cut waste

Central Government will commit to buying locally-sourced food through a new food and drink buying standard, from 2017, which will aim to cut waste, according to newly-appointed Environment Secretary Liz Truss.

The Environmental Association for Universities and Colleges represents more than 230 higher education institutions across the UK

UNEP targets British universities to develop future stars of sustainability

Universities and colleges across the UK have signed an agreement with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) to encourage sustainable innovation among future generations.

Affiliate membership to the ICRS is open to anyone with an interest in CR and sustainability

UK's first professional body for corporate responsibility and sustainability launched

The UK sustainability sector now has a professional body for establishing standards, developing a code of conduct and creating learning and development opportunities with the launch of the Institute of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability (ICRS).

The BMA has become the first national medical organisation in the world to commit to renewable energy

UK doctors vote for fossil fuel divestment

The British Medical Association (BMA) has vowed to end its investment in fossil fuels and increase investments in renewable energy in light of the 'immediate and grave grave threats posed by climate change'.

Jérôme Perez is head of sustainability at Nestlé Nespresso

Nespresso's Sustainability Challenge: Education holds the key to building a sustainable future

Climate change, resource scarcity and labour are problems that are not going to be resolved in the short-term and there is a very real need to ensure both current and future business students understand the importance of sustainability for the future success of business. Nespresso's head of sustainability Jérôme Perez explains why...

Hyundai tasked the students with creating a 'mobile marketing campaign' for its zero-emissions vehicle

GALLERY: Hyundai and students make a fuel cell fashion statement

Students from the London College of Fashion (LCF) have revealed their winning designs in the LCFxHyundai 'Fashioned Fuel Cell' competition. The collaboration aimed to promote the world's first production fuel cell car.

More than 80% of students believe that sustainable development should be actively promoted and incorporated by UK universities

video: Students want jobs with businesses that 'value sustainability'

EXCLUSIVE Today's students want to gain employment with companies who truly value the importance of sustainability, says National Union of Students (NUS) senior project officer Jesse Scharf. Scroll down for video

Up and coming eco-economists given a chance to show their magic

Environmental economists will be lauded at a prestigious awards ceremony at London's Magic Circle headquarters next week.

Ken calls on students to recycle more

Students studying in London will now get extra support to recycle in their halls of residence under a new initiative launched by the Mayor of London this week.

UK Business Briefs: waste management, community heating, water MSc

In this week’s UK Business Briefs, a waste management company celebrates two seven-year contracts in London; a community energy programme is calling for bids for funding; free registration for water and wastewater students on two masters degrees; a new industrial modem for high-speed data transfer and low power operation; and a carbon offset company changes its logo.

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