In early 2020 the Climate Emergency Steering Group was established at the University to respond to the Climate Emergency. Attended by the Students’ Union, researchers in climate change plus representatives from support services including Estates and Facilities Management and chaired by Professor Tim Thornton, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, the steering group collaborated to produce the Carbon Neutral Strategy: A Ten Point Plan for the Planet.
Adopted by the University Council in November 2020, the plan reflects the University’s commitment to achieving carbon neutrality across all areas of the University. It aims to address the breadth of sustainable development whilst establishing new net zero targets for Huddersfield. As part of this plan, the University of Huddersfield will achieve net zero carbon emissions for scope 1 and scope 2 by 2030, and for scope 3 by 2045.
These commitments build on the University’s long-standing dedication to sustainability and environmental improvement; great work has already been carried out ensuring that the University met and exceeded its carbon reduction targets for scope 1 and 2 in 2020. Please note the plan is currently under review and the updated version will be published soon. The details of the plan can be viewed below.
Approved 25 November 2020 by University Council.
Scope 1: emissions from sources directly owned or controlled by the University
Scope 2: generated by use of energy bought from a utility provider
Scope 3: occurring from sources that the University does not own or control, for example covering emissions associated with business travel, procurement, waste, and water
Our goal is to incorporate a respect for wildlife and the natural environment into our management of the estate.
The University's plan to reduce Carbon, Energy and Water Cconsumption.
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Find out how the University is including the principles of Sustainable Development into its teaching and learning
The University is committed to providing sustainable food.
Find out more about our gardening spaces on campus including the Student and Staff Allotments
There are many ways for you to get involved with sustainability at the University!
Find out how the sustainability agenda is governed at the University.
Run annually, Green Week is an opportunity for Staff and Students across the University to join our Sustainability journey
An innovative scheme to drive improvements in laboratory efficiency
The University's policies and strategies on environment and sustainability
Sustainable purchasing is all about taking environmental and social factors into account in purchasing decisions.
We are committed to creating sustainable buildings at the University.
The University is committed to delivering the UN Sustainable Development Goals
Find out more about the University's transport plan
Find out more about how to join us for a tree planting session within the local community.
Find out more about our efforts to reduce the amount of waste.
Find out more about the incorporation of the WELL Building Standard in the Jo Cox More in Common and Daphne Steele Buildings