We aim to bring about social, environmental, economic and health benefits not only to Wales but to the wider world.
We are independently audited and certified to the ISO 14001 international standard, based on an effective environmental management system, characterised by continual improvement.
In 2019, we declared a climate emergency, recognising our need to play our part in the global response. We are committed to becoming carbon net zero for scopes 1 and 2 by 2030 and are currently developing our target for scope 3.
A more sustainable university
Our commitment to sustainable development is reflected in our strategic direction, which includes environmental and social sustainability as one of our enabling strategies:
Environmental Sustainability Action Plan recast 2021
Action plan for 2018-2023.
Climate emergency paper summary report
Cardiff University’s vision is to build towards an inclusive, sustainable and resilient future for our community and to bring about environmental benefits not only to Cardiff and Wales but to the wider world.
Sustainable Development Goals
We are signatories of the Sustainable Development Goal Accord. The Accord represents the university and college sector's collective response to 17 sustainable development goals. We achieved an overall rank of 101st-200th out of 1,115 ranked institutions globally, for our inaugral submission in 2021.
Amongst institutions in the UK, we are ranked:
- 4th for climate action
- 11th for responsible consumption and production
- 5th for good health and wellbeing
Our rankings are generated from scores measured against evidence submitted for six of the seventeen Sustainable Development Goals. Our results in the individual SDGs were:
- Good health and wellbeing – ranked 45th (top 5.2% globally) and 5th in the UK
- Responsible consumption and production – ranked 18th (top 3.6% globally) and 11th in the UK
- Climate action – ranked 34th (top 6% globally) and 4th in the UK
- Life below water – ranked 47th (top 12.4% globally) and 9th in the UK
- Life on land – ranked 58th (top 14.4% globally) and 16th in the UK
- Partnerships for the goals – ranked 401st–600th globally
See the full results from The Times Higher Education Impact Rankings assessing universities against the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Our Environmental Sustainability team take the lead in submitting evidence to show how we meet each of the SDGs, they are:
Dr Katrina Henderson
Environmental Safety Adviser
United Nations Sustainable Development Goals
Find out more about the six categories we submitted evidence for:
Working together for sustainability
The sustainable development of the University is one of the responsibilities of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor. We work closely with our nominated trade union green representatives and student representatives in all our university committees. Student and trade union representatives are involved in development and consultation of all our sustainability-related policies.
If you have questions or would like further information about sustainability in the University, please get in touch:
Committed to sustainability
We are working to be sustainable across all our work, including, teaching, research and campus maintenance and performance.
Read our environmental policies to learn how we embed sustainability across our operations.