On Thursday 4th July, the FSC Trustees unanimously declared a climate emergency and set out the organisation’s ambitions to hit significant carbon reduction targets by early next year.
We have already saved more than £500,000 on our energy bills after switching from ‘dirty’ to green energy sources and more than 50 per cent of all energy used by the FSC now comes from renewable sources such as solar and biomass.
“As the country’s leading provider of outdoor and environmental learning we have always held the protection and conservation of the environment as one of our key values. At this critical time I believe it is incumbent on those with expert environmental knowledge to spread the word that climate change is an existential challenge. Today I am both happy and concerned to say that the Trustees have taken the unanimous decision to declare a climate emergency.”Professor Tim Burt, FSC President
Switching to greener, off-grid sources of energy has been key to our success in reducing our carbon footprint. Efforts have also focused on building infrastructure and managing heat loss at our centres; replacing our vehicle fleet with more energy efficient cars and reducing travel time for staff.
Further efforts are being made to provide more sustainable meals to visitors and recently we were awarded the Food For Life Served Here Bronze Award by the Soil Association. You can find out more about our commitment to the environment here.