Sustainable UCL


The Loop

Purchasing and consumption can have far reaching impacts; production drives natural resource depletion and poor working conditions, whilst waste disposal pollutes natural habitats. As a leading university, we are rethinking our behaviours to address unsustainable consumption.

What is UCL doing?

We want to choose products that are best for people and planet – as a result, we’re aiming to reduce waste per person by 20% by 2024 and become a single-use plastic free university. We do this by:

  • Maintaining certification in the Responsible Procurement Code;
  • Engaging our top 500 suppliers in sustainable pracice; 
  • Complying with Modern Slavery audits;
  • Introducing sustainability ratings for products on the e-marketplace and canteens; 
  • Training purchasing staff in sustainable and ethical procurement best practices;
  • Reducing food waste, and expanding existing waste food redistribution schemes;
  • Establishing a logistics hub and tracking deliveries;
  • Launching a high-profile recycling communications campaign;
  • Rolling-out key single-use plastic alternatives in catering and laboratories;
  • Putting Electronic Records Management System in place;

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Modern Slavery

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Central to “The Loop”  is taking drastic and innovative steps to address and minimise slavery and exploitation throughout our supply chain. See what actions we are taking.

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UCL Circular Economy Lab

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An exciting cross-faculty aiming to use UCL's expertise to improve the design of buildings and products, their re-use and recycling, and the return of their constituent materials back to the economy. 

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