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The College’s ambition is to be net zero carbon for Scope 1, 2 and 3 emissions and we are exploring the feasibility and likely timescales to achieve this goal. We are taking steps towards this goal by including ESG considerations in our decision-making processes, as well as by reducing energy consumption, waste and other causes of emissions.

In the meantime, working with students, Fellows and a generous donor, we have measured and offset the vast majority of the College’s Scope 1 and Scope 2 carbon emissions, as well as estimating and offsetting some of its Scope 3 carbon emissions (those from the consumption of food and drink).

This initiative means that in 2021 Exeter College took a significant step towards being carbon neutral, and we have committed to undertaking the same exercise, including all Scope 1 and Scope 2 carbon emissions, in 2022 and beyond.

As a result we expect to reach our first milestone, which is to make Exeter College carbon neutral in its own operations (Scope 1 and 2) by the end of 2022. The complex process of calculating the College’s Scope 3 emissions is under way and we will announce our target for achieving net zero carbon, including Scope 3 emissions, once we have a clear idea of the scale of that undertaking.