Association of University Directors of Estates & The Alliance for Sustainability Leadership in Education – Sustainability Leadership Scorecard
The Sustainability Leadership Scorecard, a one stop reporting shop that supports institutions map and track the embedding of sustainability holistically across the entirety of their institution. The tool was developed is run partnership by AUDE (the Association of University Directors of Estates) and EAUC (the alliance for sustainability leadership in education).
Now in its fourth year of providing an annual report on progress in the sector, the tool has proven so useful, that it has expanded internationally, and is supporting institutions from the Philippines and Australia to embed sustainability.
Aligned to the UN SDG’s, the The Sustainability Leadership Scorecard shows an increase of 69% of institutions actively embedding sustainability across their leadership, governance, learning, teaching, research, estates, operations and partnerships.
British Society of Soil Science – World Congress of Soil Science
The World Congress of Soil Science (WCSS) takes place every four years and is awarded by the International Union of Soil Sciences. In 2014, the British Society of Soil Science won the bid to host the event in Glasgow, UK. The event took place in 2022 and previous events had lacked any sustainability and few outreach activities. The event was also set against the backdrop of Covid-19.
Our working group set out four core pillars which all activities must align with: Scientific, Social, Cultural and Environmental. To align with these pillars, we wanted to reduce our environmental impact as far as possible, whilst also undertaking an environmental impact assessment to understand the impact the event did have, so that future events could improve.
In addition, we wanted both our delegates and the wider Glasgow community to experience the importance of soil via outreach. Our vision was to leave Glasgow and its community more engaged with soil, and our delegates to understand soil’s importance from a cultural, perspective, to leave a sustainable legacy.
We achieved both of these visions, delivering a series of activities which added value to the scientific programme, on a budget.
Eurelectric – Electricity Market Design Fit for Net Zero
Eurelectric has been actively working towards preserving sustainability and energy transition goals amidst challenges such as the war in Ukraine, high energy prices, and inflation in Europe. They have conducted comprehensive research, engaged with stakeholders, and developed policy recommendations to advocate for a market evolution that aligns with decarbonisation objectives. The focus is on the daunting investments required in the electricity sector to meet Europe’s decarbonisation ambitions, which necessitate stability and predictability. Their efforts have successfully impacted the policy debate, as the European Commission’s legislative proposal recognised and preserved most of the fundamentals of the EU electricity market design that have already incentivised a green transition. Eurelectric’s engagement with key stakeholders, effective communication, and transparent collaboration has played a central role in their strategy. By advocating for a stable regulatory framework, they have provided confidence and stability to their members, ensuring investments in clean energy sources and safeguarding sustainability, innovation, job creation, and economic growth in the European electricity industry. Eurelectric’s campaign has stood out for its grounded research, strategic stakeholder engagement, extensive communications, and collective impact, all contributing to the advancement of sustainability and energy transition.
German Cosmetic, Toiletry, Perfumery and Detergent Association (IKW) – Worldwide Leader in Sustainability – Beauty and Homecare
Sustainability has become one of the dominant issues worldwide.
The beauty and home care industry – lead by IKW – in 2006 has set himself the task to become the leading sustainability driver in Germany, Europe and worldwide.
So the industry over the last 20 years has initiated many activities with great achievements especially in the last years i.e. the energy use has been cut by 33% and carbon emissions by 40% since 2006.
Today the industry is seen by experts as the worldwide leading branche in sustainability efforts.
Liquid Gas UK – Off Grid Green
Off-Grid Green was campaign that gave off-grid domestic and commercial customers information about the decarbonisation proposals being discussed at Government level. It provided information about the heating options available to off-grid homes using oil, solid fuel or LPG.
The ‘Off-Grid Green’ campaign championed a mixed technology approach to heat decarbonisation in off-gas grid homes and businesses. It looked at the options available to reach Net Zero in rural areas and provides practical advice to consumers.
Royal College of Physicians – Medicine 2023
Medicine 2023 brought awareness to the RCP’s new priority and emphasised our commitment to sustainable healthcare.
We were delighted that over 1,400 people attended the conference and were eager to learn about how healthcare professionals can tackle the climate crisis. Over the 2 days, they enjoyed lectures, interactive sessions and wellbeing activities that focussed on sustainability.
Whilst a huge task lies ahead, we are confident that the event encouraged and inspired attendees to take meaningful action. It is becoming widely accepted that climate change is the biggest long-term risk to human health.
As an organisation committed to improving global health and healthcare, it is the RCP’s responsibility to provide knowledge and guidance that mitigates this risk. Over the coming years, the RCP will continue to push the sustainability agenda through education, advocation and influencing. We hope that this will encourage physicians across the globe to build a better health climate together.
The Institution of Structural Engineers – Transformative Climate Action in Structural Engineering
The Institution of Structural Engineers is the world’s largest professional institution dedicated to the art and science of structural engineering. Under the Institution’s Royal Charter, it exists for the public good, and so in 2019 took the decision to place sustainability on a par with its enduring commitment to life safety.
Since then, the Institution has become well-known globally for its cross-industry work tackling climate change. It has equipped its members with the guidance and tools they need to understand and reduce carbon emissions in their work, moved to mandate such skills by revolutionising its professional membership requirements, and worked collaboratively with wider industry to effect national change.