Sustainable Campus

Climate Action So Far

Climate Action So Far

While the University's first iteration of the Climate Action Plan was published this year, climate action has been embedded in our activities for many years.

Climate Action Timeline

The timeline below is a brief summary of climate action at Newcastle University since 2007. Watch this space for further updates!


  • First Carbon Management Plan published
  • Established the University’s Environmental Sustainability Committee (ESC)


  • Opened our Salix Recycling Fund for energy efficiency and carbon reduction projects


  • Environmental Sustainability Policy established


  • Achieved People and Planet  University League ‘First’ ranking
  • EcoCampus ‘Platinum’ Award and ISO 14001 Environmental Management System certification achieved


  • First audit on Sustainability in the curriculum carried out as part of a student project


  • Partnered with Go Smarter to Work to deliver sustainable travel incentives e.g. Dr Bike


  • Energy Policy established
  • ISO 50001 Energy Management System certification achieved
  • First Celebrating Success: Environment Awards


  • Carbon Advisory Report produced including investment commitment


  • Work began onsite with our £2.4million campus LED retrofit scheme
  • Opening of the Urban Sciences Building


  • Signed up to the BEIS HE carbon pledge


  • Declared a Climate Emergency and Net-Zero by 2040 carbon target
  • Ventured into TEC Power Purchase Agreement to purchase Blyth wind-generated electricity
  • Release of Staff Engagement Programme, 'Action 2020'
  • Began working with Carbon Trust on our Scope 3 Carbon footprint
  • Hosted the Climate Conversation Event
  • Became member of Newcastle City’s Net-Zero Taskforce


  • Opening of The Catalyst, the University’s first BREEAM ‘Outstanding’ Building and one of only two in the region
  • Sustainable Framework for Construction published 
  • Secured £2.9 million of government funding via the Heat Networks Investment Project (HNIP) for a biofuel CHP (Combined Heat and Power) unit to serve eight buildings on campus, saving approximately 11.5% of University scope 1 and 2 emissions 
  • Commissioned largest Solar PV array to date on our King’s Gate building with 93.4kWp being produced by 230 panels 
  • Student Environment and Sustainability Committee (ESC) launched 


  • Divestment of all endowment funds fromin fossil fuel companies 
  • The Shaping Futures campaign, with a focus on climate action, was led by NUSU 
  • Net-zero carbon dioxide emissions target brought forward to 2030 
  • Phase 1 of the Climate Action Plan (PDF: 5,393 KB)‌ published 
  • Shortlisted in the Green Gown Awards in the ‘2030 Climate Action’ category for the University’s Climate Action Plan and the ‘Benefitting Society’ category in recognition of ‘Climate Change Catastrophe’, a collaborative theatre project between the University and Cap-a-Pie 
  • First Climate Action Plan engagement workshop conducted with Estates & Facilities’ Senior Management Team 
  • Extended King’s Gate PV array to 116.4kWp, produced by 284 panels 
  • Second phase of Solar PV project underway across four more sites, with plans for more phases over the coming years
  • Retained ISO 14001 and 50001 certifications for Environmental and Energy Management Systems 
  • Achieved BEIS carbon pledge of 30% reduction in carbon dioxide emissions compared to 2009/10 baseline