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About SWeCAN

The South West Environment and Climate Actions Network (SWeCAN) is an emerging initiative for anyone in the South West to learn more about climate positive action in the South West. Anyone can be involved, from local authorities, charities and individuals to international business in the region or local SME’s.

Why the University of Exeter?

The University of Exeter was amongst the first Universities in the UK to declare a Climate and Environment Emergency in 2019. We have hundreds of academics working in climate science and related disciplines as well as two Institutes in Devon and Cornwall dedicated to Global Systems (GSI) and Environmental Sustainability (ESI). We are taking transformative and fast action to tackle our own environmental impact, including limiting unnecessary travel for staff and students, installing solar panels on our campuses and launched the Waste Action Reuse Portal (WARPit) avoiding 8,617kg of waste and saving 25,223kg of CO2 in it’s first 12 months.  Our researchers, from engineering to social scientists, are informing our understanding of climate change, our impact on the climate and how future climate change will impact on us. Most recently, in November 2020, our Climate Emergency Working Group has won the sustainability category of the Guardian University Awards.

 What do we want to achieve?

We want to put the South West on the map as a region of excellence in climate positive action, environmental growth and collaborative working. We know that together, through sharing knowledge, facilitating decision making and action and sharing best practise we can achieve our own personal and regional goals.

The University of Exeter is well placed to support regional businesses, local authorities, charities and communities throughout the South West to take action to reduce their carbon footprint and take positive climate and environmental actions. Our researchers have developed a suite of free-to-use tools but can also provide more individual and specialist advice on a consultancy basis. Our students are amongst the best in the country and are passionate about saving our environment and the global climate.

How can we help?

As a network we will be able to:

  • Share our experiences and best practice when it comes to taking positive action for our environment and climate.
  • Host and advertise events throughout the South West so we can meet each other and work together.

With the University of Exeter you can:

  • Access our free tools developed by our academics to help you understand your climate impact and make decisions
  • Access independent, targeted research for your organisation through our consultancy research
  • Access support and grants through our projects such as Tevi, Marine-I or SWEEP
  • Host our students to help with a project or undertake research through work placements, student projects or degree apprenticeships.