Embedding sustainability

Carbon neutrality

Commit to the challenging aim of becoming a carbon net zero campus by 2030, as a leading sustainable university, to minimise the impact we have on the environment by the way we make, manage and maintain our campuses.


In delivering its teaching, learning and research activities, the University estate has the potential to impact the environment, and especially climate change, negatively; taking an approach which minimises that impact aligns with our teaching curricula and is informed by our own research as well as public policy.

Future citizens

Make sustainability a core competency of a Bristol education by mobilising our curriculum, our student experience and our partnerships in support of the development of tomorrow’s global citizens.


Knowing how to live and work sustainably will be an essential skill for all future graduates and will be an absolute expectation of a world-class university education.

Research impact

Further strengthen the narrative and reach of the University’s multidisciplinary sustainability expertise, so that the impact of its research is felt in both practical applications and public policy contributions.


Contributing to the global body of knowledge about sustainability is one of the most impactful outputs that the University can aspire to.

Partnering for sustainability

Use the University's net-zero transition as an opportunity to provide thought-leadership in partnership with students, staff, community groups, Bristol City Council and the business community around shared and just transitions to a sustainable future.


Institutional leadership in the face of the climate crisis has the potential to galvanise student and staff support, capture the imagination of our civic partners and meaningfully strengthen the University's international visibility and reputation.

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