Social Responsibility and Sustainability

Climate change

Edinburgh’s expertise in climate change and its effects is world-leading. Its researchers have secured more than £50 million over the past seven years to fund work on climate science, emissions mitigation and sustainable solutions.

'Edinburgh Action for the Climate' harnesses the expertise of the University’s many academics currently conducting ground-breaking research into areas such as carbon capture and storage and renewable energy.

The University’s aim is to become a hub within the wider city for the exchange of ideas and opinions about how best to tackle one of the world’s great global challenges.

Zero by 2040

Zero by 2040
The University of Edinburgh has committed to become zero carbon by 2040. The University's Climate Strategy 2016 lays out a comprehensive whole institution approach to climate change mitigation and adaptation in order to achieve its ambitious targets.


We have world-leading academics working on research aimed at tackling climate change, examining everything from carbon management through to wind and wave technology.

Learning and teaching

The University offers a number of degrees and courses to develop students' knowledge, skills and experience, and to enable them to contribute effectively to tackling global challenges in Scotland and worldwide.

Our approach to investments

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The University of Edinburgh was the first university in Europe to sign the UN Principles of Responsible Investment. The University's Responsible Investment Policy outlines our approach to investment decisions.


Find out about upcoming and past events to do with climate change.

Get in touch

If you have any questions or ideas about our Zero by 2040 commitment, Climate Strategy or Action for the Climate campaign, you can get in touch here.