A step change on climate action and an innovative road map towards Net Zero

Last updated: 25th April 2023

How is your organisation preparing? This is how the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine has made a step change on climate action through an innovative road map towards achieving Net Zero.

This is an abridged version of the case study. A full copy can be seen here.

London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) is a post-graduate research institution with a global reputation for excellence and 3,300 staff based all around the world.

LSHTM has a critical global mission – improving health worldwide. LSHTM’s new net-zero strategy addresses the clear synergy between improving health and addressing the climate crisis.

The challenge

LSHTM is an international institution with a global reach. To stay true to its mission, it recognises that the carbon emissions resulting from its work need to be dramatically reduced. In response to the UK Parliament’s declaration of a climate change emergency in May 2019, the university began developing a new Energy and Carbon Management Plan (ECMP). The Green Consultancy (TGC), a division of Net Zero specialists, JRP Solutions, was commissioned to support LSHTM in developing the ECMP to deliver their mission of improving health worldwide in a more sustainable way, with the goal of achieving net-zero carbon.

The plan

TGC worked closely with LSHTM’s Estate and Support Services teams to develop a bespoke ECMP to put LSHTM on the right trajectory to meet its commitment to achieve net-zero by 2030, setting an interim milestone target for 2025. The net-zero strategy developed is radically ambitious, involving a series of building energy services and resource usage surveys, and a full supply chain analysis to enable LSHTM to start accurately measuring its total greenhouse gas (GHG) footprint. The ECMP Action Plan sets out comprehensive actions to reduce GHG emissions, to be taken forward by LSHTM’s support teams, academic schools and their research programmes with the aim of achieving net-zero by 2030, across all emissions scopes 1, 2 and 3. The comprehensive plan reviews everything from the food served in university canteens to the emissions of buildings and business travel.

The plan

The overall work programme has been recognised as an innovative roadmap towards achieving net-zero by 2030, covering energy and building infrastructure, transport and supply chain emissions. It represents a step-change in action on climate change. The success of this plan will require ongoing commitment from all at LSHTM to make a real difference, but the initial reaction from all stakeholders has been extremely positive.

The reaction

 “Our requirements for this project were quite bespoke; a one-size-fits-all approach would not have worked. Indeed Carbon Management Plans with in-depth Scope 3 reporting are not yet prevalent in the HE sector and, due to the nature of our Institution’s work, the Scope 3 elements needed to be just as robust as Scopes 1 and 2. 

This was one of the reasons that I was particularly impressed by how the work was handled. The skill and knowledge that was brought to bear demonstrated a level of sure-footedness that was reassuring not just to myself but also to the other stakeholders involved in the project. I am glad we chose with The Green Consultancy for this project – the breadth and quality of the work delivered was exactly what we required.”

Ola Bankole, Head of Sustainability.

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This project was delivered by The Green Consultancy, a division of JRP Solutions.

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