Move to Net-Zero Well Underway
On a recent visit to the University of Stirling, local MP Alyn Smith heard more from the Principal Professor Sir Gerry McCormac about exciting plans to transition the campus to net-zero by 2040.
Mr Smith was joined by Patrick Harvie MSP, Scottish Government Minister for Zero Carbon Buildings, Active Travel and Tenants’ Rights, and Chief Operating Officer and University Secretary Eileen Schofield. Ambitions for a campus solar farm, geothermal developments and the re-tooling of existing heating infrastructure are all under consideration if the institution is to meet national and local green targets.
For decades the University has pioneered carbon-reduction techniques and practices, and since 2007 has cut carbon emissions by 43.8%.
Raising the visit during a House of Commons session, Mr Smith reinforced the green credentials enjoyed by Stirling, and requested meetings with Ministers to explore what support is available to deliver real tangible benefits to students, staff and the wider community.
Alyn Smith MP said:
‘Stirling has a really positive story to tell in terms of concrete investment in tackling climate change. Solar panels, electric charging stations, active travel infrastructure and waste reduction schemes have helped to reduce our collective carbon emissions and do our bit for the environment.
‘The University remains an institution central to the future of our city, and continues to take its stewardship responsibilities seriously. I’m impressed by the scale of ambition for net-zero, and stand ready to play my part in helping to make it a reality.’
Professor Sir Gerry McCormac, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Stirling said:
‘Our staff and students work tremendously hard to drive down carbon emissions and develop Stirling’s positive reputation on climate action. As universities we each have a responsibility to our local communities and planet to act with urgency and determination towards net-zero, and infrastructure projects such as solar farms and heating systems will play an invaluable role in that mission.
‘As ever, I’m glad to see our local MP supportive of our plans and ambition, and look forward to further discussions with governments in all spheres to drive forward the green agenda for Stirling.’
Notes: Attached is a photo of an electric bike station at the university campus.