In 2019, the University of Bristol became the first higher education institution in the UK to declare a climate emergency. The climate emergency declaration is an opportunity for the University to reaffirm its commitment to become a carbon neutral campus by 2030 and to explore how action towards this target can be accelerated and broadened in scope.

What action are we taking in the School of Physics?

The School of Physics is committed to improving sustainability in all areas across our buildings and labs. We have a Sustainability Action Committee which comprises of staff and students from all areas, meeting regularly throughout the year.

In 2020 we achieved 28 LEAF Green Lab certifications (17 bronze, 10 silver and 1 gold) and a Silver NUS Green Impact Award for all our offices in HH Wills Physics Lab.

The School has also written a Climate Action Plan which includes a wide variety of actions we are working on to reduce our carbon usage over the next 3 years.

Staff and students can find out more about individual actions they can take by reading through our Sustainability in Physics - Staff Guide (PDF, 105kB)‌. 

You can also read all about our sustainability-related research on our news page. 

What is a climate emergency declaration?

Find out about what it means to declare a climate emergency as an organisation: 

Read more: What is a Climate Emergency Declaration? (PDF, 1,118kB)

Sustainability Bulletins

We write regular news bulletins for staff and students. These contain updates on sustainable action happening within the school and useful tips and advice on how to be more sustainable at work and at home.  Follow the links below to read our previous bulletins:

April 2021

March 2021

February 2021

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