Carbon Footprint Innovation: A Higher Education Case Study

Author: David Diaz (MANCHESTER BUSINESS SCHOOL), Babis Theodoulidis (MANCHESTER BUSINESS SCHOOL), Mohamed Zaki (MANCHESTER BUSINESS SCHOOL)

 

Track 14 - Can ICT provide the inspiration and motivation for cultural changes in organizations? (1)

This paper investigates a case study on carbon footprint innovation through Environmental Information Management in the context of the University of Manchester. The analysis and results reported in the paper cover three areas; firstly, the paper describes the issues relating to the current performance of the higher education sector in UK and in particular, of the University of Manchester in comparison with other UK universities in terms of its CO2 emissions. In this context, the paper also identifies and discusses the major challenges in collecting and analysing the information required for the task at hand. Secondly, the study presents a number of recommendations relating to changes on policies and procedures that present significant improvements in terms of environmental management efficiencies. Thirdly, the study proposes a set of recommendations for the ICT infrastructure which could have a significant impact on motivational and cultural changes related to the CO2 emissions reduction.

 

Keywords: Environmental Information Management, Carbon Footprint Innovation, Carbon Management