King's Climate Action Network
The King’s Climate Action Network (King’s CAN) is an open, interdisciplinary forum to support King’s commitment to be net zero carbon by 2025. Launched in October 2020, it aims to bring together sustainability and climate expertise from the King’s community to create and implement a zero carbon strategy for the university.
The network focuses on eleven key impact areas, including energy consumption, travel, food, research, and education. Through a number of sub-committees, King’s CAN has proposed solutions to reduce our carbon emissions from sources like energy, procurement and waste, while also maximising our positive impact on climate action in the areas of divestment, research, education, and community engagement. Alongside this, a series of events will take place with the aim to engage, educate, and inspire the King’s community to take climate action.
King’s CAN is open to all students and staff, and we actively invite alumni, our local community and partner organisations to join our network to create positive change.
The network comprises of the following sub-groups:
- Zero Carbon Estate: This group looks at the construction, refurbishment and operation of our estate, with the aim to reduce our energy consumption to net zero.
- Procurement & Waste: This group discusses ways to reduce two key scope 3 emission sources: the purchasing of goods and services, and the disposal of waste. Special attention is also given to carbon emissions from food served on campus.
- Travel: Business travel, in particularly flights, are a key source of carbon emissions at universities. The Travel group aims to reduce this, as well as look at our carbon emissions from staff and student commuting.
- Students & Education: As well as reducing its negative impact, King's has the chance to increase its positive impact on the climate by educating and inspiring our students. This group looks at ways to embed climate education into formal and informal education at King's.
- Community & Engagement: This group looks at opportunities to amplify our climate action by involving and sharing with our local communities, and communicating about the importance of climate action.
- Responsible Investment: King's has fully divested from all fossil fuels, and has committed to investing 40% of our endowment into funds with socially responsible benefits. This group supports and pushes the implementation of this commitment.
- Zero Carbon Research: This group discusses how King's can have a positive impact on the climate through its research.
These sub-groups met regularly throughout the last academic year to provide actions for the Climate Action Strategy. We aim to publish this strategy in autumn 2021.
How can you get involved?
There are many ways for students and staff to get involved in the network.
- Joining a sub-group: Both students and staff are invited to join a sub-group and take an active role in discussing and implementing our net zero carbon strategy.
- Attending events and keeping up to date with the network: We aim to run a programme of events on sustainability and climate change alongside the network. These events will be open to all staff and students. If your research is related to sustainability or climate change, we would also love to invite you to speak at one of our events. Please contact the King's Sustainability team.
- Student volunteering: We have recruited a number of student volunteers to the King's Climate Action Team, who will support the Sustainability Team in the running of the network.
If you are interested in joining the network, please fill out this form to register your interest.
If you would like to hear more, the recording of the last year's CAN launch is available here.
If you have any questions about the network, please contact the King's Sustainability Team.