As a modern and leading independent school, Charterhouse recognises the global imperative to prioritise environmental sustainability in order to preserve the Earth’s natural resources, wellbeing and beauty, as well as ensure the viability of human activity. As a School with values of kindness, perseverance, open-mindedness, moral courage and responsibility, this issue is an important element of Charterhouse’s future strategy.
We recently enjoyed our third annual pupil-led Charterhouse Climate Conference. Speakers joined us from Aklimate, the National Lottery Community Action Fund, Ernst & Young, Goldman Sachs and LivEco.
The pupil Sustainability Committee is encouraging fewer deliveries to pupils, seeking the Eco Schools Green Flag Award and educating the School Community about what happens to our waste.
We have started including the purchase of carbon credits for overseas school trips. We purchase carbon credits, on behalf of School fee-payers, for overseas flights for School trips. We are delighted that this also enables us to directly support the wider community. Our chosen partner is DelAgua, and we have been liaising with their Regional Director for East Africa, Euan McDougall (Charterhouse alumnus), who was one of the speakers at our Climate Conference. DelAgua will enable the School to purchase carbon credits in bulk on an annual basis at a price of around £8 per tonne. You can work out your own carbon use using the ICAO calculator.
We are expanding our energy use monitoring by building. The anomalies identified have led to energy savings. From September, we will share energy usage and waste by boarding house and other individual buildings to enable us to understand opportunities for reduction.
For greater granularity on the School’s strategy, please see below. Initiatives and activities detailed have been grouped to include the ten areas of the Eco-Schools Green Flag.