Green projects investment announced

The University has invested £5 million in green projects after becoming the first university in the UK to sign up to a sustainable investments initiative.

Renewable Energy

HSBC's Green Deposits programme aims to help businesses transition to a low-carbon, climate-resilient, sustainable economy.

The programme focuses on renewable energy, efficient buildings, sustainable waste management and clean transportation.

Socially responsible investment

Signing up to the programme is the latest step taken by the University to ensure its investments are more socially and environmentally responsible.

Since 2010, the University has invested more than £150 million in low carbon technology, climate-related research and businesses that directly benefit the environment.

Investing in organisations that promote the transition to a low-carbon, climate-resilient and sustainable economy is a key way in which the University can act on evidence from our own world-class research. Through our investments we intend to deliver multiple benefits for society, the economy and the environment.

Professor Dave GormanDirector of Social Responsibility and Sustainability, the University of Edinburgh

UN Principles

In 2013, the University of Edinburgh became the first university in Europe to sign the UN Principles for Responsible Investment, an internationally-recognised initiative seeking to build a more sustainable financial system. 

Since becoming a signatory, the University has also made a commitment to transition out of fossil fuels investments by 2021.


Green deposits programme

PRI Report 2020

Responsible investments 18/19