However, it should be noted that a significant amount of that awareness has been brought about by the passion and focus of school children, primarily through the ‘School Strike for Climate’. This has led to schools wanting to lead the way on climate change action. The Grange School wants to be a leader in this space and is using Minimum’s bespoke tech solutions is able to understand it’s carbon impacts and significantly reduce them over time.
The Grange School is a co-ed independent school in the heart of Cheshire. The school’s focus is on embracing and being immersed in life both inside and outside the classroom. The relationship between the staff and the students is warm and welcoming, this is where sustainability and the passion from the students is motivating The Grange School to becoming a leader in the space.
To become a net zero school, The Grange School needed a way of accurately calculating a baseline carbon footprint for their own operations and the footprint of the whole value chain. Schools have a complex value chain where the majority of emissions can fall outside the usual heat and electricity the buildings use, for example the goods and services that a school purchases and the commuting of both staff and pupils. Understanding these emissions means collecting the data, turning this into a carbon footprint and then tracking the footprint over time.
Minimum set The Grange School up with the following to help this:
As more and more schools recognise the climate crisis and start setting ambitious net zero targets the challenges of accurately and efficiently calculating a carbon footprint are becoming apparent.
Minimum combined their bespoke tech solutions and access to carbon footprinting experts to create a compliant baseline footprint and then automate the data collection and footprint calculation processes to provide deep insight into their own operations, their supply chain, or other parts of the Scope 3 footprint, such as staff and pupil travel.
These results can then be updated through automated processes on a regular basis once the initial baselining has been conducted. This allows schools to effectively engage with all stakeholders, develop effective targeted carbon reduction plans, all on their journeys to net zero.
The Grange School now have a bespoke software solution which enables them to aggregate data from multiple sources to create a full carbon footprint across their whole value chain. The results and reporting dashboard developed by Minimum allows The Grange School to: