Transformational project wins prestigious sustainability award

A novel greenhouse gas calculator developed by scientists at the University of Aberdeen has won a renowned Green Gown award.

Held in association with UKRI, the Green Gown Awards recognise exceptional sustainability initiatives being undertaken by universities and colleges around the world.

Developed by researchers at the School of Biological Sciences, the Cool Farm Tool was the winner of the Research with Impact – Institution award which recognises the societal impact of research and development by post-16 education as a driver of sustainability as well as implementation of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. The University’s Lighthouse Field Station also received a Highly Commended placement in the same category.

The Cool Farm Tool (CFT) is a free app for farmers and producers to easily calculate their carbon footprint and environmental impact, based on robust scientific data and methods. Around a third of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions arise from the global food system, so feeding the world sustainably while tackling climate change is an enormous global challenge.

Researchers at the Lighthouse Field Station are focused on studies that will ensure renewable energy technology can be deployed to co-exist safely with marine wildlife populations.

Professor George Boyne, Principal and Vice Chancellor said:“Our Aberdeen 2040 strategy places sustainability at the heart of our institutional mission. Winning this Green Gown award for research impact recognises not only the academics involved but also colleagues across the University working to support research that directly addresses key global challenges and the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.”  

Alison Robinson, NERC Deputy Executive Chair and Director of Business Delivery & Insight, part of UKRI, who hosted the award ceremony, said: "Congratulations to the winners of the Green Gown Awards whose projects are making valuable contributions to sustainability initiatives across the higher education sector. Together we can make a difference and help research and innovation reach net zero."

The winners were announced at an award ceremony at Loughborough University on 8 November.

Read more about all the University of Aberdeen projects shortlisted in the Green Gown Awards here.