Our Focus on Net Zero

Tackling the Global Challenge of Climate Change

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.

Teaching and Learning

We are dedicated to empowering our students to become informed global citizens and agents of change by integrating sustainability into the curriculum. We believe that by embedding net-zero thinking into our teaching and learning, we can inspire our students to become innovative problem solvers, capable of designing sustainable solutions for real-world challenges.

Teaching and Learning
Students using a robot at our Riseholme campus


We work closely with businesses and cluster networks to co-create solutions that reduce carbon emissions, promote sustainable practices, and drive innovation in our region and beyond.

Our industrial partnerships range from collaborations with SMEs like Saga Robotics, to large-scale projects with multinational large organisations, such as Tesco. We’re also the proud educational partner to the Yorkshire Energy Park, a next generation energy and technology business park that will drive economic growth, support the local community, and help position the Humber at the forefront of the global transition to net zero.

Case Studies

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Carbon LEAF

Based in our School of Architecture and the Built Environment, this team of specialist architects, building physicists, BREEAM assessors, and experts can offer a range of support to business undertaking low carbon construction projects.

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Princes Group Ltd

Our National Centre for Food Manufacturing (NCFM) is proud to partner with Princes Group Ltd on a Knowledge Transfer Partnership, bringing in expertise to develop a more fundamental scientific understanding of the canning process of legumes and seek better yield, product weight control, and reduction in water usage.


Our research is also firmly focused on the net-zero agenda. We are committed to producing impactful research that informs policy, shapes industry practice, and helps to accelerate the transition to a low-carbon future. Our research portfolio spans a wide range of disciplines, including renewable energy, sustainable agriculture, law and social policy, and the circular economy, among others.

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Decarbonising Our Campus

The University of Lincoln is committed to embedding sustainability as a core value running throughout all its activities and to demonstrate leadership in the transition to net zero. We are working towards a target to reach Net Zero by 2040 and have committed to supporting other organisations in order to collaboratively address the Climate and Ecological Emergency we are facing.

A Sustainable Campus

Read more about our Environmental Sustainability strategy at https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/strategicplan/environmentalsustainability/.

You can also view our latest sustainability report and follows news and updates at https://estates.lincoln.ac.uk/sustainability/.

The University maintains the internationally recognised ISO14001 standard for Environmental Management, the ISO5001 standard for Energy Management, and the EcoCampus Platinum award.ISO14001 and ISO50001 certification logos for environmental and energy management

Ross Lucas Medical Sciences Building

The new thermally efficient building is designed to minimise energy consumption. It is designed to produce 15% of its electricity use and is heated and cooled by a Hybrid VRF Heat Pump system. Natural daylighting and ventilation has been maximised. The building achieved BREEAM ‘Excellent’ and an Energy Performance Certificate ‘A’.

An aeriel view of the Ross Lucas Medical Sciences Building

Sustainability at Lincoln

Our wider sustainability strategy includes three key strands, which categorise the multitude of work taking place within our institution to tackle the climate and ecological emergency. These are: Sustainable Campus; Sustainable Culture; and Collaboration for Change.

Sustainability at Lincoln
A view of Lincoln Cathedral through trees