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The Carbon Offsetting Working Group is a fixed-term sub-committee of the Environmental Sustainability Strategy Committee tasked with developing an internal carbon offsetting scheme.

Organisation

The organisational arrangements are as follows:

  • The working group is chaired by the Chair of the Environmental Sustainability Strategy Committee.
  • The working group reports to the Environmental Sustainability Strategy Committee.
  • The secretary of the working group is a member of the Environment and Energy section.
  • The working group is a limited life group, which will be disbanded once it has met its objectives. In the first instance, it is expected that this group will exist for up to one year.
  • The working group will meet as often as is required to meeting its objectives. It is expected that this will be up to six times a year.
  • The unconfirmed minutes of the meetings will be circulated to the Environmental Sustainability Strategy Committee and the Ecological Advisory Working group.
  • Each nominated representative will serve for the duration of this working group.
  • The working group may invite non-members to attend a meeting to report on or discuss specific matters.

Membership

The working group consists of the following members:

  • The Chair of the Environmental Sustainability Strategy Committee (Chair)
  • A representative of the Ecological Advisory Panel (EAP)
  • The Director of Cambridge Zero
  • Up to four University members with expertise in carbon offsetting or a discipline relevant to offsetting
  • Up to two external members with expertise in carbon offsetting
  • One undergraduate student representative nominated by CUSU
  • One postgraduate student representative nominated by the Grad Union.

Members are proposed by the Chair in discussion with existing members, to be confirmed by the ESSC.

Officers in attendance:  

  • Head of Environment and Energy
  • Head of the Research Office
  • Carbon and Energy Manager

The terms of reference are to:

  • Oversee the development of a robust and transparent internal carbon offsetting scheme and recommend appropriate policies relating to carbon offsetting.
  • Consult with relevant stakeholders to agree the principles of the scheme.
  • Make recommendations on an appropriate price of carbon to be used within the scheme.
  • Advise on which sources of carbon should be included within the scheme.
  • Advise on which types of offset project should be supported through the scheme and arrangements for verification.
  • Make recommendations on appropriate governance arrangements.
  • Oversee initial implementation of the agreed scheme.
  • Provide advice to relevant University Committees and groups on carbon offsetting.
  • Act as ambassadors for carbon offsetting at the University.

Members

Category of membership

Name

Job title

Chair

Professor Ian Leslie

Director of UIS and Senior Adviser to the Vice-Chancellor with special responsibility for environmental sustainability.

Chair of the Environmental Sustainability Strategy Committee

Representative of the EAP

Prof Andrew Balmford

Professor of Conservation Science, Department of Zoology

Director of Cambridge Zero

Dr Emily Shuckburgh

Director of Cambridge Zero

University member

Prof David Coomes

Director, University of Cambridge Conservation Research Institute

University member Thomas Vergunst Programme Manager, Cambridge Institute of Sustainability Leadership
University member Dr Belinda Bell Director, Cambridge Social Ventures, JBS
University member Prof Srinivasan Keshav Robert Sansom Professor of Computer Science, Department of Computer Science and Technology

External member

Dr Martin Harper

Director of Conservation, RSPB

External member Dr Valerie Kapos Head of Programme Climate Change and Biodiversity, UN Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC)

Student member

Puria Radmard

CUSU

Student member Suzannah Lindley Grad Union

Cambridge Assessment

Georgina Watkins

Risk, Compliance and Sustainability Manager

Cambridge University Press

Katie Wain

Global Environmental Co-Ordinator

Officers in attendance

Joanna Chamberlain

Head of Environment and Energy

Peter Hedges

Head of the Research Office

Sally Pidgeon

Carbon and Energy Manager

Dr Ellen Quigley

Advisor to the Chief Financial Officer (Responsible Investment)