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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.

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

UN Sustainable Development Goals

Newcastle University is committed to supporting the UN Sustainable Development Goals. We are embedding action on the goals across all areas of activity.

We are currently ranked 15th in the world for our impact towards the UN SDGs by the Times Higher Education Impact Rankings.

We have achieved this by demonstrating action on pressing global issues via our education, research and operations.

Newcastle University ranked 15th