People & Planet’s University League is the only comprehensive and independent league table of UK universities ranked by environmental and ethical performance. Until 2019 it has been compiled annually by the UK’s largest student campaigning network, People & Planet. However there is a risk that this year will be the last.
So how did the two universities based in Coventry do? Well they were dramatically different.
Coventry was ranked as “First Class”, coming 7th out of 154 institutions with a score of 66%, while the University of Warwick lists at the bottom of the “2:1 Class” in 60th place with a score of 42.9%.
According to an article in the Leamington Observer, Warwick was praised for its environmental management system and its sustainability staff who carry out the university’s policies on making the campus greener and more energy efficient. But it recorded low marks for water usage reduction, workers rights, ethical investment and cutting carbon emissions – after an 11.5 per cent reduction in its carbon emissions since a 2005 baseline.
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However according to an article in the Guardian this year’s findings on carbon reduction could be the last because, under the government’s higher education reforms, universities are no longer obliged to provide data on carbon reduction and other green issues to the Higher Education Statistics Agency (Hesa).