We have developed a range of strategies and policies that support reducing our environmental impact and respond effectively to the global climate challenge.
Carbon and energy management
We aim to improve energy efficiency, increase onsite renewable electricity generation and consider our offsite energy supplies to achieve our target of net zero carbon emissions by 2040, at the latest.
- We have installed onsite renewable energy systems, including solar panels and a ground source heat pump
- We exceeded our previous 2020 target to reduce carbon emissions by 43% and achieved a 53% reduction
- We have completed an initial analysis of our scope 3 (indirect) emissions
- We contribute to the Islington Sustainable Energy Partnership as long-standing steering group members
We aim to reduce the impact of waste through design and purchasing decisions, by considering refurbishment and reuse options, and providing recycling facilities for various domestic and specialist waste.
- We ensure zero waste at City is sent to landfill
- We apply the waste hierarchy to reduce, reuse and then recycle
- We offer a range of recycling points for staff and students on campus
- We achieved a 56% recycling rate in 2021
We aim to make our food practices more sustainable. Our Sustainable Food Statement has been designed to make progressive improvements to our food procurement and the options available to students.
- All City catering outlets currently hold a one star Sustainable Restaurant Association Food Made Good rating
We champion Fairtrade at City, in the products we sell on campus and by raising awareness of Fairtrade amongst our students and staff through activities and events. This supports farmers and workers in developing countries are given fairer wages, safer conditions and income to invest in improving life for their whole communities.
- We have been accredited as a Fairtrade University since 2010 by the Fairtrade Foundation
- We are committed to supporting and using Fairtrade products and to educating our students and staff of the value of Fairtrade
- During Fairtrade Fortnight we collaborate and run activities for students and staff to find out more
As part of our Travel Plan, we aim to support active travel (such as walking and cycling) to minimise the carbon emissions and localised air pollution associated with our operations.
- We installed secure bike parking, lockers and showers for staff and students
- We offer a cycle to work scheme for employees
We have a compact, urban campus and we aim to use the small space we do have to support urban wildlife and biodiversity.
- We created a vegetable garden for staff and student volunteers to tend and enjoy
- We have beehives to support the urban bee population
- Our biodiversity action plan, sets out how we choose and maintain our natural areas for the benefit of all
Procurement and investment
We aim to incorporate environmental and social considerations into our purchasing decisions. We work to invest our funds ethically in line with City’s values (set out in the Vision and Strategy 2026) and environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues.
- We monitor and report on annual greenhouse gas emissions covering our scope 1 and 2 and some scope 3 categories including waste and business travel
- We are working with NETpositive Futures to support our suppliers in understanding and reducing their environmental impacts
We aim to embed sustainability in the education we provide through formal and informal initiatives. We believe it is important to both and inspire the next generation of leaders while equipping students with the skills and knowledge needed for a rapidly changing environment.
- We lead on the annual London Student Sustainability Conference - a chance for students to showcase the work they are doing to reach the United Nations Global Goals for Sustainable Development
- We provide opportunities for City students to work with the Sustainability team to investigate real world environmental issues in support of their studies