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​Net Zero Carbon 2030

We have a strong track record of reducing our carbon and overall environmental impact at Edinburgh Napier. Our carbon reductions are amongst some of the highest recorded to date within all UK universities. We also have an incredible array of academic and research expertise throughout all six Schools covering a broad range of environmental areas.


​We are in a fantastic position to reduce our impact further. For that reason the University has agreed to set a net zero carbon target of 2030. Embedded as one of eight transformative actions within the new University Strategy, Edinburgh Napier will “work in partnership to achieve net zero carbon in our operations by 2030 at the latest, in line with the City of Edinburgh ambition, while minimising our wider footprint and influencing sustainable practices beyond our campuses."

The target encapsulates all carbon emitted from our business operations. It builds on the 58% reduction achieved between 2006/07 and 2018/19 and is 15 years ahead of the Scottish Government​ commitment made. The University will be an exemplar of good practice.

This is an incredibly exciting development and will help to formalise and set our future plans for all areas of environmental sustainability. The new University Strategy makes reference to the target as well as other areas of environmental sustainability including the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and building the cross disciplinary academic themes of environment and sustainability; health and wellbeing; and culture and communities.

To pull all of our work together we are currently developing an Environmental Sustainability Strategy building upon our success to date and clearly plan how we will ensure further reductions. The Strategy will be supported by the newly appointed Environmental Sustainability Governance Group (ESGG) Chaired by Senior Vice Principal and Deputy Vice Chancellor Prof Alistair Sambell. The ESGG will report all progress to the University Leadership Team.

If you have any queries or would like to speak to someone about our plans please do not hesitate to contact Jamie Pearson, Environmental Sustainability Manager at j.pearson@napier.ac.uk​ or by calling 0131 455 3747.​