RM Group Chief Strategy and Client Officer on Education Zero Emissions Day – FE News
As part of Zero Emission Day, Chris Rothwell, Group and Client Strategy Director at RMexplains how the edtech sector can advocate for change and create a better future for the next generation.
“With so many challenges facing the education sector today, net zero may not seem to be as high on the priority list as some other industries, but its importance should not be underestimated. From schools, colleges and universities – and the providers who work with them – like RM – the entire education sector must take responsibility for creating a better future for all of us, especially our children. The Climate Change Act aims to achieve the goal of 100% reduction in emissions by 2050, and the edtech sector has an important role to play in this goal.
“There are a lot of things to think about; some of the most obvious areas where edtech can easily address is reducing the printing of classroom worksheets that can just as easily be read online. Then there are the initiatives that may take a little longer but prove even more beneficial, such as working with your supply chain partners to drive continuous meaningful change. For example, we work with many schools and trusts to help them implement technology that is cloud-based (with much lower emissions than on-premises servers), or that involves online collaboration and communication, which are both more efficient while saving on carbon. All the initiatives that can help schools move towards net zero.
“There are many ways to reduce emissions and we see so many schools and trusts wanting to build sustainability into their school business strategy. As with most things, it’s best done in collaboration with partners who have the experience to show how they can act with the level of urgency that many deem necessary and, in turn, reduce the risks to future generations.
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