Leading change and taking action
The University is a world leader in climate science, recently winning a prestigious Queen’s Anniversary Prize in recognition of our pioneering research, teaching, stewardship and outreach on climate change. Our academics inform and influence polcy change both natioanlly and globally, and have played a leading role in reports of the Integovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).
We rank 4th in the 2022/23 People & Planet University League and we’re committed to reaching net zero carbon by 2030. We refuse to invest in fossil fuels. We’ve already reduced our carbon footprint by half, only 2% of our waste goes to landfill, and 100% of our electricity has come from renewable sources since 2009.
We’re the first university in Europe to join the Menus of Change Universities Research Collaborative, which aims to provide healthy and sustainable meals on campus. And we’ve been awarded Fairtrade University Two Star status recognising our commitment to reducing the impact of our consumption, sustainable practices, and ethical support towards fairtrade communities and livelihoods.