Sustainable

Sustainable

Our Aberdeen 2040 strategy commits the University to achieving net-zero emissions before 2040. We will show leadership in working for the sustainable future of our planet, setting an example to our sector and to society. We will evaluate all our actions for their impact on the environment, and will meet stretching standards and targets. In an era of significant societal challenges, an effective approach to sustainability will ensure that limited resources are used efficiently, and that activity is conducted in a way that minimises environmental impacts while demonstrating an awareness of ethical and social responsibilities.

We recognise that the sustainability legacy and impact of the University will be measured not only by carbon emissions or landfill tonnage, but by the sustainability of our decision-making, by the quality and global relevance of our research, and by our role in developing active and engaged graduates with the attributes necessary to tackle the challenges facing society. We will also use our resources wisely, plan ahead and secure new sources of income to ensure our University’s financial sustainability.

Commitments

Sustainability

Encourage everyone within our community to work and live sustainably, recognising the importance of our time, energy and resilience

Environment

Educate all our students and staff to be leaders in protecting the environment

Research

Excel in research that addresses the climate emergency, enables energy transition and the preservation of biodiversity

Net zero

Achieve net zero carbon emissions before 2040

Investment

Generate resources for investment in education and research year on year, so that we can continue to develop the people, ideas and actions that help us to fulfil our purpose

1st

In Scotland for environmental research impact

QS World Rankings 2022

Top

100

In the world for 8 SDGs

THE Impact Rankings 2022

1st

In Scotland for globally collaborative environmental research

QS World Rankings 2022

Top

200

In the world for positive impact on society

THE Impact Rankings 2022

Impact through research

Our interdisciplinary research is challenge-led, impactful and built on sustainable partnerships that ensure we can tackle major societal challenges and support the UN's Sustainable Development Goals.

Creating a Sustainable Legacy

The University's sustainability legacy is the impact of our teaching and research and the contribution of our graduates as active, global citizens.

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