Social Responsibility and Sustainability

Read the strategy

The University's climate strategy is available to read now.


We are pleased to launch the Climate Change Strategy 2016-2026 which presents our whole institution approach, encompassing University research, learning, teaching, operations and investments.

Through the efforts of our staff, student and alumni community and working with our partners, the University of Edinburgh makes strong and lasting contributions to addressing this vital issue.

This new Climate Change Strategy presents our bold vision to be carbon neutral by 2040 , including ambitious targets and concrete goals.

We build on our outstanding history of discovery and innovation, showing our institutional commitment to sustainability. This commitment drives our cutting-edge climate research with impact, prepares

our students to address one of the foremost global challenges of the 21st century, and leads to improvements in the energy efficiency of our estate and operations, reducing campus-wide carbon emissions.

We have learned from and draw on the successes of the University’s Climate Action Plan 2010-2020, and on our experience in investing over £30m in low carbon technology, and attracting more than £50m of climate research since 2010.

The time for debate on the science has long since passed, as has the time for arguments on whether to act. In this Strategy, we commit to long-term goals to ensure we are leading the way in tackling climate change, across all of our activities and recognising the core strength of the University as a globally connected, socially committed research and learning organisation. There is no doubt that the dedicated efforts of our staff, students and partnership working will successfully deliver the programmes set out in the Strategy and ensure that we achieve our new targets.

We look forward to working with you.

Signatures of Professor Charlie Jeffery CBE, Alec Edgecliffe-Johnson, Lesely McAra, Hugh Edmiston, and Dave Gorman

Read the strategy online

Read the climate strategy (PDF)

Easy to print version (PDF)

If you want to read in more depth, you can find our technical summary, plus consultants reports on the background information and publications page.

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If you would like a printed copy, or if you require a version of the guide in another format, such as high-contrast, please contact us using the details below. We're available during working hours Monday - Friday.

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