Students help firms cut carbon emissions

Students from the University are helping businesses to lower their carbon footprint.

MSc Carbon Management students are accurately measuring the carbon footprints of businesses and giving advice that will significantly reduce emissions and costs.

Initial figures show that the project, involving eight businesses from a range of sectors, has had a combined carbon saving of more than 600 tonnes of CO2, the equivalent of taking 118 cars off the road.

The study also identified potential cost savings of more than £275,000.

Offering know-how

The project seeks to offer businesses from a range of sectors with the knowledge and expertise essential to manage their energy use.

It also aims to provide students with practical knowledge and experience.

The initiative is a partnership between the Prince’s Mayday Network, Edinburgh University, the Carbon Trust and is co-ordinated by the Scottish Business in the Community.

Following the success of the scheme, the SBC is extending the idea to other Scottish universities.

The collaboration has provided a fantastic practical experience for the MSc Carbon Management students.

Dr Dave ReaySenior lecturer, carbon management