The Carbon Coalition


The Carbon Coalition is a consortium of UK and Ireland higher and further education institutions that have joined together to offset their emissions leveraging their combined buying power and knowledge. The Carbon Coalition was established in 2021 by MyCarbon and the EAUC following the recommendations of The Offsetting Briefing, by the COP26 Universities Network, of which MyCarbon co-founder Toby Green was an author of. 

The offsetting process will be achieved using a portfolio of carbon credits  selected and provided by MyCarbon. The Carbon Coalition is governed by an Advisory Board which is made up of experts, practitioners and academics from the UK’s leading universities. The Advisory Board agree the scoring criteria and methodology created by MyCarbon (based on The Offsetting Briefing) to which offsetting projects are assessed against in order to become part of the Carbon Coalition Portfolio. MyCarbon will evaluate the most sustainable, robust and cost-effective projects available which will become the Carbon Coalition Portfolio. The key goal of scoring the credits is to ensure the purchase and retirement of these credits drives genuine positive change in regards to emissions reduction.

  • Sector-wide initiative – recommendation from offsetting briefing
  • Collective purchasing power
  • MyCarbon to provide support to universities and colleges

  • MyCarbon to provide robust and credible projects to invest with confidence
  • Utilise experts and knowledge from the UK’s leading climate academics
  • Drive demand for permanent carbon capture & storage and quality carbon offsetting projects.

Institution Benefits

  • Projects with additionality linked to the sector – research/community/local schemes
  • Institutions do not have the resources or expertise to review projects
  • Institutions have easy access to “high-quality” carbon credits
  • Sector provides leadership in respect to environmental responsibility
  • Confidence in a robust scheme – transparency for staff and students
  • Sharing good practice – strategies/policies, engagement techniques
  • Lower cost offset/carbon prices

Conditions of Entry

For institutions to be part of the Carbon Coalition we require the following:

  • Institutions must have a clear target to be net-zero. With the recommendation of 2030 for scopes 1 & 2, and include scope 3 by 2050 at the latest
  • Institutions must have a clear plan on how to reduce carbon emissions in line with their net-zero targets
  • Institutions must publicly report progress against their carbon plans and targets, with a recommendation to use a recognised standard 
  • Institutions must commit to a minimum of 1000 tonnes to offset per year (excluding the pilot phase)
  • Offsetting should only be used for emissions that cannot be reduced any further or as part of a net-zero plan to achieve a more ambitious target year.

The Portfolio

The Portfolio will comprise offsetting projects that meet the Advisory Board scoring criteria and methodology, providing the most sustainable, robust and cost-effective projects. These will include a variety of nature-based and permanent carbon storage/capture, along with additionality aspects such as research opportunities and provide both UK, Ireland and global options.

Participating Institutions

  • Bath Spa University
  • University of Bath
  • University of Bristol
  • University of Leeds
  • University of Nottingham 
  • University of Salford
  • University of Strathclyde
  • University of Winchester

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