An overview of topics we are working on.

Targets and performance

Teaching and learning

Operations and estates


Illustration of measuring, researching and examining climate and nature
The University's research is world-leading. It goes on to count in policy debates, inform business, be part of the public discourse, and therefore have a real impact on society. We're finding ways to make it more sustainable.

Climate action

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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.


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Sustainable food practices at the University are themed around sourcing; provision; practice; learning, teaching and research; and leadership and culture.

Supply chains & purchasing

Supply chains illustration: production (mines), transport, factories, recycling/disposal.
We improve sustainability in our supply chains through fair and sustainable procurement, championing fair trade, and initiatives to combat modern slavery, conflict minerals and issues around palm oil.

Fair employer and equality and diversity issues

Widening participation


View our annual social responsibility and sustainability reports