Social Responsibility and Sustainability

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.

The United Kingdom, along with more than 170 other countries, officially signed the Paris Agreement in 2016. The agreement sets out a global target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and a decisive call to action to mitigate dangerous climate change caused by human activity.

To meet this challenge, and to support Scotland's and the world's transition to a low carbon economy, the University of Edinburgh will reduce its carbon emissions per £ million turnover by 50% from a 2007/08 baseline, and will become a net zero carbon university by 2040.

To meet these new obligations we will take action on research, learning and teaching, operations, responsible investment, and will investigate renewables opportunities.

It will use the University’s five campuses as living laboratories for learning and to test innovative ideas that can be replicated elsewhere.


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Open meetings

What will the new strategy mean for you? To help staff and students understand the strategy, we organised open meetings across the University at the beginning of December 2016. Open to everyone, they offered a chance to hear about the strategy and to ask questions.

Miss the meetings? View the slides here.

A whole institution approach


Read the strategy

Zero by 2040 Climate Strategy printed version
The University's climate strategy is available to read now.

Questions and answers

Answers to common and expected questions, including our scopes, methodology, and targets.

Background information and publications

The University of Edinburgh's Climate Strategy 2016-2026 was developed following an extensive review and investigation.

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