Net-Zero Carbon / Climate Action

Plymouth Civic Centre, credit: Soundview Media

Taking climate action to meet net zero carbon

Achieving net-zero is a whole-system challenge which requires sustained and coordinated action across all sectors of society. Universities have an important role in helping the UK to meet carbon net-zero; carrying out research and innovation, demonstrating leadership, supporting education and skills development as well as developing sustainable campuses. Universities also have an important role in driving climate action locally; building on their independence, trust, networks and their range of expertise, through the knowledge exchange agenda.
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2022 THE Impact Award for SDG13: Climate Action

The University of Plymouth was ranked 15th worldwide (2nd in UK) for the UNSDG 13: Climate Action in the Times Higher Education Impact Rankings 2022. The rankings are the only global performance tables that assess universities against the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This recognised the University’s work to drive climate research and innovation, to support local climate action and its efforts to reduce energy use on its campuses.

<strong>2022 THE Impact Award for SDG13: Climate Action</strong>

Explore some examples of the University's research, knowledge exchange projects, academic expertise and courses related to carbon reduction and climate action (aligned to the Devon Carbon Plan themes).

Built Environment




Food, Land and Sea


Energy Supply


Economy and Resources


Behaviour Change / Community Engagement


Climate Adaptation


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Campus – on the path to net zero

We're leading by example and creating a sustainable campus that reduces our impact on the environment across all aspects of our operations – with targets to reach net zero for scopes 1 and 2 by 2025.