The University of Plymouth is spearheading a drive by UK universities to take the lead in addressing the climate emergency.
Professor Judith Petts CBE, the University’s Vice-Chancellor, has led the development of a new set of climate commitments endorsed by 140 universities and released ahead of the COP26 conference.
Published today by Universities UK, the commitments support government aims to cut carbon emissions by 78% by 2035.
They include a pledge to champion the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals Accord, while a number of universities are introducing COP26 scholarships to ensure the brightest and best talent can develop into the climate leaders of tomorrow.
Vice-Chancellors are calling on the government to acknowledge this in the forthcoming Spending Review by match-funding these awards and ensuring the overall role of universities in climate action is not constrained by budget cuts.