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We aim to bring about social, environmental, economic and health benefits not only to Wales but to the wider world.

Cardiff University is independently audited and certified to the ISO 14001 international standard, based on an effective environmental management system, characterised by continual improvement.

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 and our commitment to delivering these goals.

We declared a climate emergency in 2019, recognising our need to play our part in the global response. We are committed to becoming carbon neutral for scopes 1 and 2 by 2030 and are currently developing our target for scope 3.

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 Strategy recast 2021

‘A More Sustainable University’ - Environmental Sustainability Enabling Strategy 2018-2023 (Recast 2020)

Environmental sustainability action plan

Action plan for 2018-2023.

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.



Sustainable development research is a key strength across a wide range of our subject areas.



We play a key role in educating future generations of people within Wales, the UK, and globally.



We pursue sustainable development in our engagement with external stakeholders and in our internal operations.



We are working to increase our efficiencies of water and energy usage, recycling, green procurement, campus maintenance, and biodiversity.


If you have questions or would like further information about sustainability in the University, please get in touch:

Energy enquiries

Environmental enquiries