Sustainability

Sustainability at Essex

What we do

We advocate a sustainability-centred approach across the entire University and encourage our students, staff and local community to be stewards of the environment.


2017 saw the creation of our Sustainability team who are committed to improving the University’s environmental performance, bringing together existing work on carbon reduction, student and staff engagement, travel and transport and grounds. They facilitate the University’s sustainability goals outlined in the Sustainability Sub-Strategy (SSS).  

The University is currently committing close to £1million per year into Sustainability staffing, initiatives and projects, from annual operational budgets to long-term investments.

We have committed to reducing our carbon emissions by 43% by 2020, compared with a 2005 baseline. As of October 2018, we have so far achieved a 33% reduction. 

The University of Essex does not invest in fossil fuel companies, arms companies and corporations complicit in the violation of international law. 
Read our Statement of Investment Principles to find out more.

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