St John’s College has launched a series of climate crisis commitments to help the College reach net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. There three distinct commitments are as follows: 1; reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net zero before 2050. 2; achieve a steep reduction in scope 1 and 2 carbon emissions by 2030.and 3; support and co-operate with the University’s science-based target for carbon reduction and other sustainability initiatives.

According to St. John’s College, “manifesto for change”  will be “embedded in every aspect of life” for the students and faculty members at St John’s. The commitments for climate change mitigation has been launched by Heather Hancock, Master at the college, and will be “embedded in every aspect of life” at St John’s. The proposal is for 2021-2030.

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Some of you may recall St. John’s divestments from all direct fossil fuel investments back in 2013. Through enacting this so called manifesto, St John’s College has instituted a policy of divestment in all indirect fossil fuels investments by 2030. To achieve this, the College has prioritized reducing energy consumption and energy efficiency. Gas will be a considerable factor for some of St. John’s buildings. Improving energy efficiency (and renovating its buildings; some of which are more than 500 years old) will require millions of dollars in infrastructure.

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