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Our policy

The University of Sunderland has outlined a policy to commit to applying sustainable principles, and how we will achieve this.

The University is fully committed to making a positive impact on the environment and to wider society. We have focused on specific, practical and measurable actions which would have a real and lasting impact. The University agrees that achieving carbon-neutrality as soon as possible is a vital aspect of minimising climate-related impacts.

We have an Environmental Sustainability Plan, which is one of several key supporting plans for the University. It covers the University’s activities within the UK initially, and then overseas as our sustainability plans and processes develop. This plan outlines the University of Sunderland’s intent to reduce its direct and indirect environmental impacts and contribute to sustainable development for the local community and wider society.

City Campus

Key areas

As part of our sustainability policy we will focus on key areas, including:

  • Energy, water, and carbon reduction
  • Waste management, pollution prevention
  • Sustainable travel
  • Biodiversity
  • Sustainable procurement
  • Sustainable education
Electric vehicle collecting waste

How we will achieve this

To reduce the University of Sunderland’s direct and indirect environmental impacts in these areas, there are a number of ways we can achieve this. 

  • Monitor how we segregate waste internally and store general waste and recycling on each campus
  • Create sustainable travel between campuses and around the local area that is accessible for everyone
  • Encourage biodiversity through habitats and conservation of our green spaces
  • Supporting a Digital First strategy which introduces technology that gives us an opportunity to behave in a more environmentally responsible manner

Energy, water and carbon reduction

We are committed to managing our carbon emissions. In 2016/17, we achieved a 48% reduction, 5% over our carbon reduction target of 43% (university sector target) well ahead of the 2020/21 target deadline (based on a 2005 baseline) and it is likely to be closer to a 60% reduction overall.

Our carbon management plan projects include improvements to mechanical and electrical systems such as lighting, heating and insulation, to behaviour change projects seeking to engage with our staff and students in initiatives to reduce our carbon footprint.

Our aims:

Contact us

For further information, contact the Strategic Environmental Sustainability Group (SESG):