Sustainable UCL


Achievements and Progress

Follow our sustainability journey through our Sustainable UCL annual reports. They document UCL's successes and challenges towards creating a more sustainable university. You can also check progress on our Carbon Management Plan and Inclusive Environments commitments.

2020-21 Progress

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    35% of modules in the formal curriculum reference Sustainable Development Goal key words
  • Sustainable Development Goal citations in public policy. 2020 – 1,314 citations. 2021 – 843 citations
  • By switching to renewable electricity in 2020- 2021, UCL are 45% towards net zero buildings UCL achieves first net zero building PEARL
  • Baselined UCL’s total single use plastic consumption, using waste data returns
  • Waste reduction rate per person 84.78% – this was largely due to the lower level of activity on the campus
  • 518m2 of additional biodiverse space has been added since 2019. In 2020-2021 165m2 was added

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Annual Report Archive 



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People and planet - First Class award

UCL has been granted a 'first Class' award by People & Planet's University League which ranks UK universities on their environmental and ethical performance. 

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ISO14001 certificate

We achieved an ISO14001 certification in recognition of our commitment to reducing our impact on the environment. 


Additional progress reports

UCL Sustainability Bond Impact Reports 

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UCL is pleased to have launched our sustainability bond; helping us to deliver on the sector leading commitments that we have laid out in our Sustainability Strategy. Find out more about the bond and our ambitious plans to make UCL an exemplar sustainable university.


UCL's Carbon Management Progress Reports

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UCL's new Cardbon Management Plan was approved by UCL Council in July 2016. The Plan set a target for a 8% reduction in emissions by 2018 and a 15% reduction by 2020. This report outlines UCL’s progress towards this target in 2018/19.


UCL's Inclusive Environments: Annual Report

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Everyone at UCL should have an equal opportunity to participate and contribute freely in the activities of UCL and we should be supporting everyone to achieve their ambitions. This document gives a snapshot of the successes and challenges with a focus for 2021.