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University of Exeter Business School goes carbon neutral

The University of Exeter Business School is claiming a first in the sector with its decision to become completely carbon neutral.

The School has signed up to PAS 2060, the first independent standard for carbon neutrality. The PAS 2060 standard is awarded to organisations that can prove that their activities will not result in any increase in green house gas emissions.

The University as a whole is well known for its expertise in climate change science and sustainability research. The Business School is also committed to showing leadership in the area of environmental responsibility, through its educational programmes, research, and in how it operates.

Professor Robin Mason, Dean explains: “The One Planet MBA has already positioned us at the forefront of sustainable management education. In addition, our research is helping businesses and the public sector to reduce their carbon impact - as evidenced by the Clear About Carbon project, which is currently in its fourth year of operation. Achieving PAS 2060, a verifiable and validated standard on carbon, takes our commitment to sustainability one step further. We’re proud to be the first UK Business School to have achieved carbon neutrality.”

The process will also provide invaluable experience for the One Planet MBA students who will be heavily involved in the School's ongoing work to quantify and reduce its carbon emissions;  work it will be undertaking in addition to the commitment to offset emissions completely.

Jean-Paul Jeanrenaud Director, Corporate Relations, WWF International said: “As the founding partner of the One Planet MBA with the Business School, WWF was already convinced of the University’s commitment to sustainability. I am therefore delighted that the School has decided to deepen its involvement in the drive towards a sustainable future for people and the planet, by taking on this challenge to be carbon neutral.”

Date: 22 April 2012