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Net Zero bus visits Teesside University

26 October 2021

 

Teesside University’s efforts to address sustainability and reduce carbon have been heard as part of a nationwide fact-finding tour taking place in the run up to COP26.

From left to right: Elizabeth Assmann (Planet Mark), Michael Thompson (Teesside University), Jonathan Withey (Planet Mark), Michael Short (Teesside University), Bridie Marshall (Planet Mark)
From left to right: Elizabeth Assmann (Planet Mark), Michael Thompson (Teesside University), Jonathan Withey (Planet Mark), Michael Short (Teesside University), Bridie Marshall (Planet Mark)

The Zero Carbon Tour stopped off at Teesside University to help create awareness of the climate crisis while learning about some of the initiatives the University has undertaken to help tackle the issue

The Zero Carbon Tour is being run by sustainability certification organisation Planet Mark and aims to show the actions that the business community is taking to address the climate crisis.

The bus visited Teesside University’s campus earlier this month before heading to Middlesbrough FC’s Riverside stadium to raise awareness about Tees Valley’s net zero initiatives and opportunities.

The Zero Carbon Tour is travelling across the country ahead of the COP26 climate change conference in Glasgow later this month.

The Planet Mark team is spreading the net zero carbon message while gathering carbon stories of actions and initiatives being taken by organisations, community groups, services and individuals playing a part in creating a sustainable future.

Teesside University is spearheading a number of initiatives to address the climate crisis.

The University is also developing a £13.5million Net Zero Industry Innovation Centre which brings together expert insight, resources, and partnerships to grow net zero capabilities and opportunities, placing the region at the forefront of the clean energy agenda and helping to create hundreds more clean energy jobs.

We were delighted to welcome the Net Zero bus to the campus and record a carbon story about our research for COP-26.

Professor Michael Short

It has also established a Centre for Sustainable Engineering to apply research which focuses on the design, development, and enhancement of engineering systems, processes, and products that are efficient and sustainable without compromising the natural environment.

Michael Short, Professor of Control Engineering and Systems Informatics at Teesside University said: ‘We were delighted to welcome the Net Zero bus to the campus and record a carbon story about our research for COP-26, and to hear about other organisations’ commitments to tackling the climate crisis.

‘Teesside University is committed to sustainability and the Net Zero agenda, and this is reflected within our research focus and innovation work.’

The event provided locals with an understanding of what net zero carbon means, why it is important and how organisations can align with net zero targets.

Teesside Launchpad business, Presca, also attended the event to discuss and present their sustainable sportswear.