The University was awarded a 2:1 in the People & Planet Green League 2011, published in the Guardian on 7 June 2011.
The Green League awards universities degree-style classifications based on their environmental management and performance.
Edinburgh ranked 47th out of 142 this year, 4th among Scottish Universities, and 1st among “Russell Group” institutions with medical schools. The University achieved full marks for our environmental policy and management, and staff and student engagement.
|Rank in Sub-League||Award Class||University|
|1||2:1||University of Edinburgh|
|2||2:1||King's College London|
|3||2:1||Queen's University of Belfast|
|4||2:1||University of Southampton|
The University moved from ranking 29th in 2010 in part due to increased power consumption in our research laboratories which delivered significant increase in research activity during 2009/10.
Edinburgh’s ability to attract world class researchers – and record funding to support them – means we use more power in more laboratories despite major investments in energy efficiency. Increased research output is a different measure of our success and something to be proud of.
Vice Principal, External Engagement
This year the quantity of construction waste from major capital projects was reported and this impacted our waste rating in the Green League. However we achieved a record-beating 63.5% general waste recycling rate against a sector average of 45%.
The P&P Green League is based on 11 environmental policy and performance-related criteria including carbon emissions per head, waste recycling rates and new criteria measuring the sector’s efforts to engage students and staff in cutting carbon emissions.
The People & Planet Green League tests our commitment to good environmental management. Edinburgh’s long-standing record in this area was reported in our Social Responsibility and Sustainability Highlights report and we gain immeasurably from the interest and enthusiasm displayed by both staff and students for this important aspect of our contribution to wider society.
This article was published on Jun 13, 2011