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Climate change statement

​​​Further to our recent performance in the THE Impact Ranking and the comments by the Vice- Chancellor in VC Connect last week, Environment and Sustainability Committee met on Wednesday 10th April, to consider University Environmental Sustainability Policy, objectives and targets. This included preparing a statement on the further actions we intend to take to respond to the most pressing of issues - climate change.

Our statement is as follows:

"We recognise the urgency of international environmental issues including climate change and biodiversity loss. Preparing our students with the skills and knowledge to deal with these unprecedented crises is fundamental to our purpose as a university. Through research and education we aim to develop transformative solutions to the sustainability challenges facing the natural world and the human societies which rely on it.

"We are proud of the progress we have made, over many years of work, in improving sustainability at Newcastle University. However, we know we need to go further.  We therefore commit to reducing our greenhouse gas emissions in line with the central aim of the Paris Agreement; to keep a global temperature rise this century well below 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels, and to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase even further to 1.5 degrees Celsius.  This means further substantial progress in the de-carbonisation of our activities and we will work together with our staff and students, and with partners in the City, region and across civil society with the aim of achieving net-zero carbon dioxide emissions by 2040."

published on: 12th April 2019