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EKC Group lays out vision for a greener future

EKC Group has announced plans to become “the greener place to learn and work” and will seek to achieve carbon net zero across the organisation by 2040.

In line with this drive to deliver an organisation that places sustainability at its heart, the Group is today launching its new Sustainability Strategy. This exciting strategy sets out a clear roadmap to achieving its ambitious targets on the pathway to becoming a carbon net zero organisation.

Our Spring Lane site hosts a number of courses aimed at ecology and environmental awareness

The strategy lays out a range of objectives that will be fulfilled within the next three years, with the longer-term pathway to achieving net zero set to evolve further throughout the next decade.

Amongst the raft of changes included within the Sustainability Strategy, there are some key initiatives such as a reduction in business travel and paper usage which will help drive down the carbon footprint of the Group substantially. Alongside this, the Group will be employing a full-time Sustainability Officer, whilst working to embed sustainable practice across every curriculum area within the Group.

The strategy also seeks to enhance biodiversity across the Group’s estate, with a clear goal of protecting and enhancing areas for wildlife. The Group has already seen significant success in this area, having created new colonies of swifts at its Broadstairs College and receiving multiple external awards for its work in these areas.

One of the Group's efforts to increase biodiversity is installing swift boxes on our Broadstairs campus

Students have played a huge part in progressing this agenda after initially asking the Group to consider how it could reduce its impact on the environment.

Sheppey College students built flower planters for Sittingbourne Train Station in March


To read the EKC Group Sustainability Strategy, click here.

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