University of Sheffield pledges to be carbon neutral on campus by 2030

The University of Sheffield has pledged to reach zero carbon emissions on campus by 2030 and across all activities by 2038.

Wednesday, 11th November 2020, 12:50 pm

This commitment places it among a small number of institutions that are set for this level of transformational action in response to the climate emergency.

The strategy is the latest step in the university’s sustainability journey, in which its students have played a key role. Working with staff to embed sustainable changes across the institution, students are involved at every stage, ensuring this new sustainability strategy reflects their priorities and ambitions.

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One hundred per cent of electricity on campus will come from wind, solar and hydro sources

Earlier this year, student representatives played a key role alongside staff in the decision to switch procured campus electricity to a renewable supplier, Bryt Energy, ensuring that 100 per cent of electricity on campus will come from wind, solar and hydro sources.

President and Vice-Chancellor Professor Koen Lamberts, said: “The world is facing a climate emergency and universities are uniquely placed to respond to the global challenges that we face.

“We aim to become one of the most sustainable research-intensive universities in the country by aligning our research, teaching and campus to ensure sustainable practice across everything we do. We will become net carbon neutral on campus by 2030 and across all activities by 2038.

“The challenges we face are multifaceted and any action we take to overcome them requires a careful balance between environmental, economic and social factors to understand their full impact. But we will never lose sight of the urgent need to cut emissions, restore habitats and secure our planet for the future.”

Dr Rachael Rothman, Co-Director of the Grantham Centre for Sustainable Futures and Academic Lead for Sustainability, added: “The science is showing us that bold and decisive action is needed to combat the climate emergency.

"As highlighted by the IPCC, the next ten years will be crucial.

" At Sheffield, we are stepping up to the challenge by setting ourselves ambitious but achievable targets for emissions reductions.

“This new sustainability strategy is a truly unique collaboration between our student body and our world leading sustainability research.”

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