Climate Change


Taking and inspiring action

At UCL we believe in walking the talk, developing and testing new sustainability ideas in our lecture theatres, cafeterias, offices and laboratories, and sharing the knowledge and tools that will inspire others to act for a better future.

Change starts with every one of us. At UCL, new thinking on climate action comes from across our community.  

From enabling our staff and students to use the UCL campus as a testbed for zero carbon solutions to educating future climate leaders, we want to equip people with the tools and skills they need to make change possible at UCL and beyond.  

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Our future climate change leadersInspiring action on campusZero carbon buildings by 2024Zero carbon UCL by 2030


Our future climate change leaders

Change starts with every one of us, and our students are at the forefront, bringing new thinking on climate action to their studies and their everyday lives. The UCL student experience provides a wealth of opportunity to take climate action while at UCL; and to upskill as climate leaders for when they leave us for the wider world. 

Inspiring action on campus

New thinking on climate action and sustainability at UCL comes from across our community: from leading climate experts, from professional services colleagues, and from grassroots initiatives developed by students and our partner communities. Action on campus ranges from students cutting down on food and plastic waste on campus, to colleagues at the Bartlett, joining leading architects in declaring action on the climate emergency through the Architecture Declares manifesto.  


Zero carbon buildings by 2024

One big milestone on our path to being a zero carbon university, will be to achieve zero carbon buildings by 2024. This means saving energy, generating our own renewable power and creating a low carbon smart grid on campus. 

Zero carbon UCL by 2030

Alongside UCL’s bold research objectives to build planetary resilience, we have set ourselves an equally bold institutional challenge to be a net zero carbon university by 2030.  To meet this commitment we are radically rethinking how we operate; from how we travel to what products we buy and the food we serve on campus.