We will become a zero carbon and zero waste University
The University is taking world-leading climate action to be net zero carbon by 2040.
This includes a package of measures such as:
- removing investments in fossil fuels
- establishing a presumption against flights in the United Kingdom
- investing in its own solar farm
- and announcing a multi-million-pound commitment to capture and store its unavoidable carbon emissions.
The University’s world-leading climate actions were recognised by the International Sustainable Campus Network, which named the University as the winner of its ‘Whole Systems Approach’ award.
The prize recognises work to reduce carbon emissions, and embed climate and sustainability into research, teaching and governance, operations, and partnerships. This holistic approach to addressing the climate crisis was also recognised in the Green Gown Awards UK and Ireland 2021, with the University winning the ‘2030 Climate Action’ award.
Climate and sustainability survey results
The University completed a Climate and Sustainability Survey in 2021, with three thousand eight hundred staff and students completing the survey. The aim of the survey was to assess student and staff interest in these topics and how these were embedded across the University.
The survey findings highlighted that staff and students had a very strong interest in climate and sustainability. Students wanted more opportunities to engage with these issues through their studies, and more guidance from the University on individual actions they could take. Staff wanted further professional development opportunities on climate and sustainability.