Sustainability Strategy

Find out how we will achieve our ambitious sustainability targets

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The University declared a climate emergency in 2020 and we are developing an ambitious strategy to help us achieve our goal of net zero carbon emissions by 2035. Our Energy and Utilities plan sets out how we will achieve our Scope 1 and Scope 2 net zero carbon emission target of 2030.

Our Sustainability Plan, sets out how we are shifting our focus from traditional approaches to sustainability management and communication, to more inclusive, accessible and broader engagement across our university community.

This approach is governed by the Climate Emergency and Sustainability Group, made up of senior leaders from across the University who discuss, review and approve strategic and operational sustainability activities (such as those that arise within faculty or departmental sustainability working groups).

Sustainability Plan


Our commitment to sustainability relies on a strong, collaborative network of staff support to achieve our goal of carbon net zero by 2035, on campus, in our teaching, research, and throughout our university.

Our sustainability team

Sustainable Development Goals

We're playing an active part in tackling The United Nations' 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Developed by the UN in 2015, the SDGs inspire global action to overcome the world’s biggest challenges — from hunger and poverty to equality and environmental action.

We are working with our research communities, external partners and colleagues on various projects that help towards achieving these goals - and aligning our sustainability strategy to enable this.

UN Sustainable Development Goals


Our sustainability strategy requires effective leadership, strong governance and a range of policies and plans that are both challenging and inspiring. We have set ambitious targets for meaningful change in order to fight the climate emergency.

Sustainability Policies