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Newcastle University commits to embedding social and environmental justice throughout our activity. We are taking action on the climate and ecological crises. We do this through our environmental sustainability work.

Ranked 1st in the UK for sustainable development

Newcastle University strives towards helping achieve the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDGs). The Times Higher Education Impact Rankings 2022 recognise our efforts.

Topping the rankings nationally, Newcastle is placed 8th in the world. We moved up from a position of 3rd in the UK and 15th in the world in 2021.

The Impact Rankings assess more than 1,400 universities from around the world. They look at action taken towards the UNSDGs. They evaluate institutions across research, stewardship, outreach and teaching.

Newcastle University ranked 1st in the UK and 8th in the World for sustainable development

Action on climate change throughout our community

Our action extends throughout our research, teaching and operations. It involves all our community.

In 2019 we joined city partners in declaring a climate emergency. They include Newcastle City Council and the NHS. We recognise the urgency of international environmental issues. These include climate change and biodiversity loss.

Net-zero carbon dioxide emissions by 2030

Newcastle University has set a target for net-zero carbon dioxide emissions by 2030. It published its Phase I Climate Action Plan in 2021.

The University signed up to Race to Zero and the SDG Accord of the Environmental Association of Universities and Colleges. This demonstrates our commitment to embed UN Sustainable Development Goals throughout our activity.

Learn more about our climate action so far