Environmental Sustainability Strategy

The strategy focuses on these nine priority areas:

  • Research - Increase research and engagement in environmental sustainability.
  • Curriculum - Offer all students the opportunity to study environmental sustainability, either within or outside the examined curriculum.
  • Carbon emissions from University buildings - Reduce carbon emissions related to our energy consumption to a minimal level.
  • Biodiversity - Identify and address the University’s principal biodiversity impacts through its operations and supply chain, and enhance biodiversity on the University’s estate.
  • Sustainable Food - Reduce the carbon emissions and biodiversity impact of our food.
  • Sustainable Resource Use - Identify and reduce the environmental impacts of our consumption and supply chain.
  • International Travel - Reduce aviation emissions from University staff and student travel and offset the balance of emissions.
  • Local Travel - Limit transport emissions by reducing the need to travel, encouraging walking, cycling and the use of public transport and managing the demand to travel by car.
  • Investments - Ensure that the University, as an investor, is part of the solution to climate change and biodiversity loss.

The strategy is underpinned by these four ‘enablers’:

  • Embedding environmental sustainability in the University’s governance and decision making;
  • Developing a system of annual reporting of carbon emissions and biodiversity impact within the first twelve months;
  • Establishing the Oxford Sustainability Fund to finance the programme of action required to reach net zero carbon and biodiversity net gain by 2035;
  • Establishing a policy to guide our use of carbon offsetting and biodiversity offsetting. 
Flowchart of the Strategy Development Process, demonstrating that we are currently at the penultimate stage of the process- 'University Committees'

The consultation survey on the draft Environmental Sustainability Strategy has now closed, but University members can still read the draft strategy on the consultation webpage.

The Strategy is currently being finalised and is on track to be approved by April 2021.

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