Sustainable UCL


Energy, Carbon and Water

Each year, it costs around £14 million to provide heat and electricity for UCL's buildings, that’s enough energy for 11,000 homes!

All this energy leads to over 60,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide being emitted into the atmosphere – the same as driving round the world 6,500 times.

In 2016 we launched a new Carbon Management Plan called Degrees of Change, which outlines how UCL will reduce its carbon emissions. We are aiming for a 15% saving by 2020.


We will achieve this by:

  • Empowering the UCL community to make sustainable choices
  • Creating a well-maintained, sustainable campus
  • Supplying low carbon and renewable energy to UCL
  • Buying better and sharing what we have

Our progress

See how we’re doing in our 2016/17 carbon progress report.


Degrees of Change


Find out how UCL will reduce its carbon emissions by 15% by 2020

See our energy, carbon and water saving projects

Upgrading UCL's heating system


Our heating system was first installed in the 1960s, see how we're improving it to make it more sustainable.

Reducing heating and cooling use


Explore how we're improving the control of Heating and Cooling at UCL to reduce our environmental impact.

How much energy is your building using?


Access live and historical energy data for most of UCL's buildings and use it for research.

Investigating water conservation at UCL


UCL students on the Bachelor of Arts and Sciences (BASc) course and UCL plumbers work together to reduce water wastage in one of our biggest areas of use – our urinals!

Use our interactive carbon tool


Create your plan for a low-carbon UCL using our new interactive tool

Resources and materials


Use these resources to improve the energy use of your department as part of our Green Impact Programme.

UCL's Heating and Cooling Policy


Keeping our buildings warm in the winter and cool in the summer is responsible for more than half of UCL’s total carbon footprint, see what we're doing to reduce this whilst maintaining a



We're reducing single-use plastics by making drinking water accessible.