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We aim to:
- Net zero emissions from direct emissions (scope 1 & 2) by 2025.
- Continue to reduce mains grid electricity use by 20% and mains gas by 25% as a minimum by 2030 from 2005–06 levels, with the intention to support further reductions through wider energy generation projects.
- Develop a ‘net positive’ framework accounting for the positive environmental impact of research outputs to balance the negative output of the University’s carbon footprint.
- Raise awareness and build a carbon community with our staff and student population, including engagement with target and action plan setting.
- Be actively involved in projects that seek to encourage and enable large-scale carbon reduction and promote low carbon transitions in the city and nationally.
- Reduce emissions outside of the University’s direct control (scope 3) to net zero by 2030–50 in line with local and national targets.
We have achieved carbon neutrality for all scope 1, 2 and selected scope 3 (water, waste, business travel) in according with PAS 2060 on 31 July 2022 and committed to maintain this to 31 July 2023 for the period commencing 1 August 2021, externally verified by the NQA.
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Sustainability is embedded not just in operations across the University but also in our course provision, education methods and research.
Sustainability courses and programmes
Plymouth offers a range of sustainability themed courses and programmes across many disciplines.
Discover how the Centre for Sustainable Futures works to embed sustainability across our faculties.
Our Sustainable Earth Institute is about advancing research, knowledge and innovation for a more sustainable Earth.