Find out about some of the things we are doing to address the University's target to become zero carbon by 2040.
Zero by 2040
Low carbon and renewable energy
Adaptation Framework for the University of Edinburgh
The Sustainable Campus Fund
The Sustainable Campus Fund is an internal investment vehicle that provides financing to parties within the University for implementing energy efficiency, renewable energy, and other sustainability projects that generate cost savings.
The £2.75m fund is delivered by the Department for Social Responsibility and Sustainability in partnership with Estates.
Anyone at the University – staff and students – can propose projects for the fund. Once a project is proposed, we advise and support the development of the project before submitting it to the Utilities Working Group for approval.
Projects are assessed based upon five criteria, including their payback period and how much carbon they will save.
Sustainability Champion network
Sustainability Champions help promote energy reduction in their school or unit. The University is committed to reducing its energy consumption. Sustainability Champions help to drive energy efficiency locally within their units. Our Department supports each Sustainability Champion, providing them with materials and training so that they can better monitor energy usage in their areas and also so they can add to their skillset.
Switch: energy engagement and communications
Switch is the University's energy campaign. Largely disseminated by the Sustainability Champions network and Sustainability Awards teams, materials have been developed to help educate and encourage positive behaviour change for those who spend time in University buildings. This helps contribute to the University's energy saving targets.
We encourage and support sustainable travel behaviour amongst staff, students and visitors. We aim to reduce the carbon footprint of our vehicles by making environmental performance a high priority when replacing vehicles, and by encouraging fuel-efficient driving practices through training.
Sustainable IT: Personal Computing Devices
Established in January 2020, this policy is focused on reducing the number of unnecessary personal computing devices. This will contribute positively to the University’s Zero by 2040 carbon ambition and reduce damage to the environment caused by the mining, manufacturing, transport and energy cost of additional devices; and minimise the disposal impact of old devices that cannot be recycled.