Sustainable UCL


UCL's Sustainability Annual Report: our progress

Find out about our sustainability journey by browsing through our annual reports. They document UCL's successes and challenges towards creating a more sustainable university.

UCL's Sustainability Annual Report 2017 - 18

This Annual Report (2017-18) shows how we have continued to put sustainability into the heart of UCL’s activities. Professor Geraint Rees, Dean of the UCL Faculty of Life Sciences and Chair of the UCL Sustainability Steering Group, introduces the report highlighting the progress that has been made to embed sustainability into our education programmes and research.

Driving forward sustainability improvements is an inherently collaborative task. With hundreds of buildings, a huge variety of research projects and more students every year, creating a more sustainable university isn’t something you can do in a vacuum. So first, a big thank-you from all of us in the Sustainability Team. UCL’s progress depends on the hard work, energy and commitment of a large number of staff and students, many of whom put in a huge amount of effort on top of their regular work.  And as you'll see from this report, it really does pay off. We know that we’ve still got a way to go, but I hope you’ll agree that we’re making progress towards a more sustainable UCL. Richard Jackson - Director, Sustainability


Strategic Aim 1: Creating a more sustainable campus

In 2017/18 UCL achieved a 6.5% reduction in our carbon emissions compared to the previous year. UCL expect all our new buildings and major refurbishments to achieve the highest possible levels of sustainability performance.

Strategic Aim 2: Engage, Empower and Support our Community

60 departmental teams took part in the UCL Green Impact programme, taking actions to improve the environmental performance of their departments and divisions helping to save energy, reduce waste and engage peers and colleagues with these essential issues.

Strategic Aim 3: Provide the education, advancement, dissemination and application of sustainable development.

Over the past 4 years, UCL has been using a “living lab” approach as a way of engaging our staff and students in addressing UCL’s sustainability challenges. Through our living lab, UCL has been able to tackle recycling behaviours, mapping energy use within our building and investigation water consumption.

Strategic Aim 4: Maximising the wider impact of UCL’s environmental

A diverse range of inspiring volunteering, partnerships and public engagement took place, helping to widen the influence of our teaching and research. The Laboratory Efficiency Assessment Framework (LEAF) has been developed at UCL as a way of driving efficiency in the lab environment.

UCL's former Sustainability Annual Reports