University reports on Climate Plan progress

Principal Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor Hai-Sui Yu, says encouraging progress has been made on the University’s Climate Plan – although there is still a long way to go.

Wind turbines at sunset. March 2020

He said: “It is encouraging to see the progress we have made in our latest quarterly update. Our Climate Plan is extremely ambitious and there lies a long road ahead, but the important work colleagues are undertaking enables us to maintain our position as a global leader in climate research and education, and our experience in delivering successful change.   

“Our world-leading research and expertise are key elements in achieving our climate ambitions, with collaboration – one of the University’s core values – also critical: the programme is being delivered by a combination of professional services and academic colleagues, students and our wider community across the city.”   

This is the third report to update the University community on progress made since the Climate Plan was approved by our Council in November 2021. 

Progress, including next steps, is set out under each of the seven Climate Plan principles:  

  • Delivering Net Zero by 2030  
  • Achieving sustainable travel  
  • Supporting a Net Zero city  
  • Shaping institutional decision making  
  • Reorienting research and teaching 
  • Providing a sustainable curriculum  
  • Enabling responsible investment. 

Professor Hai-Sui Yu is the University executive sponsor for the delivery of the Climate Plan and chairs the Climate Principles Programme Board, which has overall accountability for the plan’s delivery – managing activity and reporting back to the University’s Executive Group and Council. 

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