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OERC Seminar Series - Net Carbon Zero: challenges and opportunities

Climate change is the biggest challenge we have ever faced, and we all need to do our part. One step the University of Otago has taken is committing to reach Net Carbon Zero by 2030.

It is also in the process of joining an alliance with the Dunedin City Council, Otago Regional Council, Otago Polytechnic, local runanga and the Southern District Health Board to ensure the city of Dunedin is carbon neutral by 2030. Reaching this target involves radically reducing greenhouse gas emissions and then offsetting what remains. Virtually every aspect of University life contributes to our emissions, from how we get to campus, the food served in outlets and at colleges, the waste we generate, and the energy used.

In this seminar, Craig will provide an overview of key aspects of the University’s emissions, the significant reductions already made to date and what the future holds, with a particular focus on energy.

About the speaker

Craig Cliff is the Net Carbon Zero Programme Manager in the University of Otago’s Sustainability Office. He started in February, after over a decade leading innovative projects and programmes at the Ministry of Education.

Craig is also a prizewinning writer of fiction. He was the University’s Robert Burns Fellow in 2017, during which he wrote his third book, Nailing Down the Saint (Penguin Random House, 2019).

Date Wednesday, 19 May 2021
Time 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Audience Public,All University
Event Category Sciences
Event Type Seminar
DepartmentCentre for Sustainability
Location Centre for Sustainability Seminar Room, 563 Castle Street, Dunedin
Contact NameMary-Jane Campbell

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