The University has refreshed its strategic plan to further recognise that sustaining and enhancing the wellbeing of people, places and the planet are amongst the most important challenges we face today.

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Declaration of a Climate Emergency

We recognise the urgent need to reduce carbon from our own operations, our influence within the supply chain and the regional leadership we can provide. As a result, sustainability is one of the six strategic priorities for the university to 2028 and UCLan declared a Climate Emergency in 2019.

The University has been active in sustainability but we recognise the need to increase our efforts in Scope 1 & 2 (our direct emissions) and also Scope 3, the indirect emissions resulting from our waste management, travel, water use and procurement.

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Environmental Management System

To help us manage and mitigate at both the local and global level our environmental impacts (adverse or positive changes to the environment) caused by the things we do our ‘aspects’ such as travel, waste, land development and buildings, use of natural resources, procurement and pollution, the University has implemented an Environmental Management System (EMS) which has been accredited since October 2010 to the internationally recognised ISO14001 certification.

Sustainability initiatives 

We’re dedicated to reducing our carbon emissions and we’re always looking for new and innovative ways that really make an impact. If you have an idea, however big or small, please contact us and let us know.

We also would like to hear about any issues or energy matters which could be improved. You can report any arising issues in University buildings by emailing the Estates Team.

Related research

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    Sustainability, Business and Enterprise

    Sustainability, Business and Enterprise is one of our strategic research priorities, supporting our ambitious objectives to achieve research excellence, knowledge exchange and impact.

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    Institute of Citizenship, Society and Change

    We are well placed to respond to urgent and profound questions concerning a sustainable future and relationships between individuals and communities.

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    Centre for Waste Management (CWM)

    We are committed to the management of waste and developing resource efficiency to create a positive impact on the many associated environmental and commercial issues.

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    Research Centre for Sustainable Transitions

    The UCLan Research Centre for Sustainable Transitions (CST) brings together engineers, social scientists, architects and psychologists to address the challenges of climate change.

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    Research Centre for Global Development (C4Globe)

    The UCLan Research Centre for Global Development brings together researchers from all subject areas to develop robust and equitable research partnerships that will address major challenges to society.