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.

2021-22 Progress

  • 53% carbon reduction from building energy use in 21-22, compared to the 18-19 baseline;
  • 188 sustainability-related modules and 115 climate-related modules, an increase of 46 from 20-21;
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  • 2,160 modules that related to one or more of the SDGs (35%);
  • UCL re-certified for international standards for energy and environment ISO 14001 / 50001;  
  • 85 teams took part in Green Impact and Laboratory Efficiency Assessment Framework (2021). A record 134 staff teams took part (2022); 
  • 100% disposable free hospitality service. Launch of Club Zero, a cup returning scheme across campus alongside UCL’s 25p disposable cup charge. 

Download the 2021-2022 Annual Sustainability Report

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 exemplary 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 on 2021.