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Environmental Sustainability Vision, Policy and Strategy

The overarching goal of the emerging University Strategy is to secure academic success and a world-leading position on a sustainable basis. As part of the requirement to be sustainable, we are committed to making Durham University one of the most environmentally sustainable universities in the UK. Achieving this goal will require the active commitment of every member of the University community.

Our Environmental Sustainability Vision, Policy and Strategy, is available along with an Action Plan and detailed Key Performance Indicators which are governed by the Environmental Sustainability Strategic Planning Group, covering Policy, Environmental Awareness, Waste, Energy and Emissions, Water, Travel, Procurement, Curriculum, Biodiversity, Sustainable Buildings, and the Community.

Policy Approved: January 2018

Last Policy Review Date: July 2023

Read the policy: Environmental Sustainability Vision, Policy and Strategy


The Sustainability Action Plan 

The new sustainability strategy focuses on four key areas; Leadership and Governance, Estates Operations, Teaching and Research and Community and Engagement. This was approved by UEC in July 2021 and reviewed by ESSPG in June 2023.
Explore our actions and indicators: Sustainability Actions & Indicators (MS Excel)