Our Commitment to a Sustainable Future
The University of Lincoln recognises that we have a responsibility to reduce our environmental impact and to provide a sustainable future for generations to come. With the world facing an unprecedented rise in global temperatures, we have been developing a range of approaches to environmental sustainability that aim to reduce any negative effect that our operations may have, and to offer solutions to these challenges through our teaching and research.
We have committed to achieving net zero emissions by 2040, with a 60 per cent reduction in carbon emissions by 2030, and are dedicated to contributing towards all 17 of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. We aim to be recognised for our local and global impact in the transition to net zero, and are proud to be ranked as a Gold Tier University in the 2023 Uswitch Green Universities Report – an annual study that assesses which universities are leading the way in green initiatives and renewable energy.
Our Focus on Net Zero
Our institution is forward-thinking and committed to tackling the global challenge of climate change by pursuing a net-zero agenda. We recognise our responsibility to make meaningful contributions towards reducing carbon emissions, preserving the environment, and creating a sustainable future for generations to come.
We are proud to integrate the net-zero agenda into every aspect of our operations, including teaching and learning, impactful research, industry partnerships, and our day-to-day estates operations. We believe that our students, staff, and wider community have a crucial role to play in promoting a sustainable way of life, with our commitment to net zero underpinning all of our actions and decisions.
Informing Policy Through Research
Our research is firmly focused on the net zero agenda, and we strive for impactful insight that informs policy, shapes industry practice, and helps to accelerate the transition to a low-carbon future.
To fulfil the ambitions of our Strategic Plan 2022-27, we need to continue on this positive trajectory, establishing greater scale and quality and ensuring that our research continues to address local and global priorities, focusing on our key strengths and framing our research and collaborations in a way that helps to support the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
The University has been awarded the prestigious Queen’s Anniversary Prize in recognition of its work supporting the success and sustainability of the UK’s food and farming industries through innovations in research, education, and technology.
Teaching and Learning
Sustainability is embedded in our teaching and learning at Lincoln. Many of our programmes now include modules focusing on sustainability issues, giving students the knowledge to become innovative problem-solvers capable of designing sustainable solutions for real-world challenges.
The University of Lincoln is also proud to take part in SDG Teach In, an annual campaign to put the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and sustainability, at the heart of all stages of education, and across all disciplines. This annual campaign calls upon universities to include the SDGs within their teaching, learning, and assessment during the campaign.
Outside of their studies, our students can engage in a variety of volunteering projects through the Sustainability Team, Students’ Union, and local environment groups. There’s also the opportunity to participate in sustainability-themed events, such as our Climate Action Festival.
The Students’ Union’s Environment, Conservation and Opportunities (E.C.O) Society aims to make constructive changes to the campus and local environment by creating green spaces, improving habitats, and raising the profile of environmental issues. In addition to making a positive environmental impact, the society offers a great chance to meet like-minded students with a passion for environmental issues.