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AB0401
Seminar 04 Group 7
KOH Thong Kiat
LOH Sin Yi
LEE Jia Sheng
WEI Ting Jie, Mitchell
KEE Xurong

Changing
our World
Do...
2

Agenda
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.

The Overarching Principle
Review of Available Alternatives
Stakeholder Analysis
Our Proposal
Exe...
3

The Overarching Principle
4

Overarching Principle
The university’s priority lies
in providing a rigorous and
effective education for
undergraduates
5

Overarching Principle
Thus, efforts to reduce
carbon emissions must not come
at the expense of an effective
academic cu...
6

Review of
Available Alternatives
7

Assumptions
 University



of choice: NTU

23,518 undergraduates
6,612 staff

 On

average, a student has 4 hours o...
8

Alternatives
e-Lectures

Option 3

Carbon
Credits
9

e-Lectures
10

e-Lectures
 All

lectures (one-way communication)
can be conducted online




Lessons which deliver theories withou...
11

e-Lectures
 Not

possible for ALL types of lessons
(e.g. seminars, tutorials and lab sessions)


Based on current te...
12

e-Lectures
 Impact




on carbon emissions:

Reduces energy consumption to operate
lecture theatres, thus decreasin...
13

Carbon Emission Savings
From e-lectures per annum
Source

CO2 Savings
(Tonnes)

Savings from Transport reduction

14,1...
14

Carbon Credits
15

Carbon Credits
 NTU

may consider purchasing carbon
credits from CO2 Australia to offset its
carbon emissions
 Easy ...
16

Carbon Credits
 However,

since carbon reductions are
sourced in Australia, Singapore’s carbon
emissions at the natio...
17

Carbon Credits
 Also,




this is not sustainable in the long-run

Do not provide an incentive for NTU to seek
new...
18

NTU Students’ Union
“Green Committee”
For students, by students
19

Green Committee
 Environmental

sustainability has become
increasingly important in modern
education
 Companies (who...
20

Green Committee
 Implement

new committee under NTU
Students’ Union, “Green Committee”






In charge of monitori...
21

Green Committee


Programmes to consider:







Reduce wastage of electricity when classrooms
are not in use (...
22

Stakeholder Analysis
23

Stakeholder Analysis
Government

NTU

Students

•Want to mitigate
overall CO2
emissions at the
national level
•Want to...
24

Our Proposal
Short and Long Term Solutions
25

e-Lectures

Short Term Solution
 e-Lectures

will be our short term proposal
to mitigate CO2 emissions in NTU
 Effec...
26

Green Committee
Long Term Solution
 IN

LINE with the University’s objective of
EDUCATION!!!
 Students learn while a...
27

Executive Summary




As an educational institution, NTU’s top priority lies in providing a quality
education for al...
28

References
 https://www.ntu.edu.sg/ABOUTNTU/CORP

ORATEINFO/FACTSFIGURES/Pages/staffpo
pulation.aspx
 http://www.ntu...
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  • Nicely framed discussion, with supporting data from calculations of current/potential carbon footprint. Good proposal for social action! Note: Employers are missing from your stakeholder list: as we know they seek team players, we must find ways to mitigate the potential impact of our e-learning initiative on their perception of our value proposition.
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AB0401 Sem 4 Group 7 - Kee Xurong, Koh Thong Kiat, Lee Jia Sheng, Loh Sin Yi, Wei Ting Jie, Mitchell

  1. 1. AB0401 Seminar 04 Group 7 KOH Thong Kiat LOH Sin Yi LEE Jia Sheng WEI Ting Jie, Mitchell KEE Xurong Changing our World Do we plant trees Or create online lectures? 1
  2. 2. 2 Agenda 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. The Overarching Principle Review of Available Alternatives Stakeholder Analysis Our Proposal Executive Summary
  3. 3. 3 The Overarching Principle
  4. 4. 4 Overarching Principle The university’s priority lies in providing a rigorous and effective education for undergraduates
  5. 5. 5 Overarching Principle Thus, efforts to reduce carbon emissions must not come at the expense of an effective academic curriculum
  6. 6. 6 Review of Available Alternatives
  7. 7. 7 Assumptions  University   of choice: NTU 23,518 undergraduates 6,612 staff  On average, a student has 4 hours of lessons a day  Lectures constitute 35% of total lessons duration in NTU  I.e. An average student spends 1.4 hour of his lessons in a lecture theatre daily
  8. 8. 8 Alternatives e-Lectures Option 3 Carbon Credits
  9. 9. 9 e-Lectures
  10. 10. 10 e-Lectures  All lectures (one-way communication) can be conducted online   Lessons which deliver theories without the need for in-class discussions and/or interaction with the tutor Fulfils the learning needs of students
  11. 11. 11 e-Lectures  Not possible for ALL types of lessons (e.g. seminars, tutorials and lab sessions)  Based on current technologies, online platforms are unable to fully replicate the interaction and meaningful discussions in a classroom setting
  12. 12. 12 e-Lectures  Impact   on carbon emissions: Reduces energy consumption to operate lecture theatres, thus decreasing carbon emissions relating to electricity and aircondition Reduces need to travel to NTU, thus decreasing carbon emissions relating to transport
  13. 13. 13 Carbon Emission Savings From e-lectures per annum Source CO2 Savings (Tonnes) Savings from Transport reduction 14,193 Lecture Theatres – Air-Conditioner savings 3,760 Lecture Theatres – Other Electricity savings 5,100 Total 23,053
  14. 14. 14 Carbon Credits
  15. 15. 15 Carbon Credits  NTU may consider purchasing carbon credits from CO2 Australia to offset its carbon emissions  Easy to implement without any disruption to current processes or curriculums  Technically, NTU can “offset” its carbon emissions completely just by purchasing an equivalent amount of carbon credits
  16. 16. 16 Carbon Credits  However, since carbon reductions are sourced in Australia, Singapore’s carbon emissions at the national level may not be deemed to have actually improved
  17. 17. 17 Carbon Credits  Also,    this is not sustainable in the long-run Do not provide an incentive for NTU to seek new methods to reduce CO2 emissions Lack of commitment to improve the University’s processes or models Merely an evasion of responsibility by using funds to artificially manipulate CO2 emissions figures
  18. 18. 18 NTU Students’ Union “Green Committee” For students, by students
  19. 19. 19 Green Committee  Environmental sustainability has become increasingly important in modern education  Companies (whom undergraduates will eventually be applying to) have also placed greater emphasis on being environmentally friendly  Should tap on this trend and newfound enthusiasm for the environment
  20. 20. 20 Green Committee  Implement new committee under NTU Students’ Union, “Green Committee”    In charge of monitoring and analysing CO2 emissions and setting targets for reducing CO2 emissions Main student body responsible for coming up with “Green” proposals and communicating them to NTU’s administration Spearheading waste and emissions reduction programmes upon approval by the University
  21. 21. 21 Green Committee  Programmes to consider:       Reduce wastage of electricity when classrooms are not in use (commonly seen in NTU) Limit all air-conditioning temperatures in classrooms to 25oC Decrease reliance on paper notes by providing subsidized rates for tablets Create platform for students to buy/sell old tablets Identify suitable sites and facilitate the installation of solar panels at those sites (e.g. S4 and S3 blocks) Identify areas eligible for changing of light bulbs to energy-saving LED lights
  22. 22. 22 Stakeholder Analysis
  23. 23. 23 Stakeholder Analysis Government NTU Students •Want to mitigate overall CO2 emissions at the national level •Want to maintain Singapore’s image as an education hub •Want to offer quality education •Want to reduce its overall CO2 emissions at the University’s level •Want to receive a quality education •Want to have a vibrant and enriching learning environment
  24. 24. 24 Our Proposal Short and Long Term Solutions
  25. 25. 25 e-Lectures Short Term Solution  e-Lectures will be our short term proposal to mitigate CO2 emissions in NTU  Effective means to reduce CO2 emissions without compromising on the quality of course delivery to students (e.g. meaningful in-class discussions)
  26. 26. 26 Green Committee Long Term Solution  IN LINE with the University’s objective of EDUCATION!!!  Students learn while at the same time contribute to reducing carbon emissions  Increase student’s organizational commitment and attachment with involvement  A long term initiative with continual efforts to also fit in with the government’s objectives to promote a greener nationstate
  27. 27. 27 Executive Summary   As an educational institution, NTU’s top priority lies in providing a quality education for all enrolled students. Our goal – to reduce carbon emissions without compromising on the quality of course delivery. 3 available alternatives are considered: 1. To conduct all lectures on the online platform 2. To purchase carbon credits to offset carbon emissions.  This option is deemed not sustainable  No real incentive for the University to seek new methods to reduce CO2 emissions  lack of commitment 3. To set up NTUSU Green Committee  In charge of monitoring and analysing CO2 emissions and setting targets for reducing CO2 emissions  Spearheading waste and emissions reduction programmes  In the short run, e-lectures will be an appropriate solution   23,053 tonnes of CO2 emissions will be saved per annum without compromising on the quality of course delivery to students In the long run, the NTUSU Green Committee will be a sustainable solution    CO2 emissions can be reduced in an educational manner Students’ knowledge and enthusiasm in the environment can be tapped on by involving them in actual projects Specific projects can be undertaken upon approval by NTU’s administration
  28. 28. 28 References  https://www.ntu.edu.sg/ABOUTNTU/CORP ORATEINFO/FACTSFIGURES/Pages/staffpo pulation.aspx  http://www.ntu.edu.sg/AboutNTU/Corpor ateInfo/FactsFigures/Pages/Undergraduat eStudentenrolment.aspx

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