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A More Sustainable University

This is an overview of Cardiff University's commitment to sustainability. More detailed information is available through the links on the left.


Cardiff University pursues the principles of sustainable development both in its engagement with external stakeholders and in the management of its internal operations. This is reflected in the University's Way Forward strategic direction, which includes Environmental and Social Sustainability as one of our Guiding Principles.

Plans, Performance and Targets

The University's Environmental Objectives and Targets, Our Carbon Management Plan, and our performance against it are available under Our Performance.

Graphs of energy performance throughout the University buildings are updated monthly, to help us to monitor and reduce costs and carbon. Some examples are given under University Facts and Figures.

The University also has a Biodiversity Policy and Action Plan, available from the University's Occupational Safety, Health and Environment Unit. 

Welsh Assembly Government’s Sustainable Development Charter

In May 2010, the University became the first higher education institution in Wales to make a landmark commitment to future proofing lives and communities across Wales by signing the Welsh Assembly Government’s Sustainable Development Charter.

The University is one of only 22 organisations in Wales who have set out their intentions to find long-term sustainable business solutions that protect resources for future generations.


The University recognises its responsibilities to the environment through its Sustainability Policies, including the University's Safety, Health and Environment Policy Statement.

This is in addition to University policies covering equal opportunities and employment, procurement and ethics. 


Our staff and students are fundamental to making the University more sustainable: 

Publications and Research

Cardiff University is internationally-recognised as being among the top tier of Britain's research-intensive universities. In particular, the University is unusually well-advanced in having sustainable development research as a key strength across wide range of research disciplines.

Promotion and Education

The University also plays a key role in educating future generations of citizens, consumers, investors, entrepreneurs, leaders, and decision-makers within Wales, the UK, and globally. 

Sustainability principles are embedded in a wide range of teaching subjects. This empowers the University's students and graduates to contribute towards a more sustainable society.