As one of the world’s great universities, Imperial has the power to make a profound difference in the fight against climate change. We have announced a set of actions and policies that harness our influence as researchers, educators, innovators and investors, and show how we will act as an institution and community.
We will use our relationships across industry, government and civil society to find meaningful solutions to climate change. Whether that’s through collaborating on new technologies or changing behaviours through conversations that challenge conventional thinking and open new debate, we will be evidence-based and driven by a shared commitment to solve this urgent and complex challenge.
The Grantham Institute sits at the heart of Imperial College London's work on climate change and the environment. We drive forward discovery, convert innovations into applications, train future leaders and communicate academic knowledge to businesses, industry and policymakers to help shape their decisions.
Networks and centres
Centre for Environmental Policy
Providing a unique and interdisciplinary research interface between science and technology, and the economic and policy context in which it is applied
The Leonardo Centre
Explores and experiments with new ways of doing business in order to regenerate economies, communities and natural environments around the world.
The Carbon Capture and Storage Network
Imperial College has the country’s largest carbon capture and storage (CCS) research program, with over 30 staff involved in CCS related activity.
Ocean Plastic Solutions
An Imperial Network of Excellence connecting researchers across the College in finding solutions to ocean plastic
MSc Climate Change, Management & Finance
A one-year programme that gives graduates the interdisciplinary skills required in business on issues relating to climate change and sustainability.
Sustainability through Life Cycle Approaches
Bringing together and connects life cycle-related research and researchers across Imperial College London
Centre for Translational Nutrition and Food Research
Bringing together world leading research teams across Imperial to respond to key emerging global challenges in Nutrition, Food and Health.
MSc Environmental Technology
A programme to help students acquire a diverse range of discipline-specific problem-solving frameworks for tackling contemporary environmental issues.
Air Quality Network
A network of excellence bringing together researchers from across Imperial to improve air quality for all
Agri Futures Lab
A virtual centre focused on the delivery of multi-disciplinary solutions to the current and future problems facing the agri-sciences disciplines and s
MSc in Sustainable Energy Futures
A one-year intensive programme that aims to develop the next generation of leaders in the energy sector
Engaging with our partners
Sustainability should run through the whole of College thinking and activity across all campuses. Initiatives like Greening Imperial have already made real progress on this front. Our new Academic Leader in Sustainability, Professor Paul Lickiss is leading a College-wide conversation on making our campuses more environmentally friendly. Supported by an advisory group from across the College, Paul will publish a Sustainability Strategy in the Autumn Term. This will set a carbon neutral target for the College and recommend policies that marshal our convening power, our research and our educational expertise to put us at the forefront of positive change for the sector.
Four of our labs have already taken part in a pilot of Laboratory Environmental Assessment Framework (LEAF)
From October 2019 100 per cent of bought-in electricity on all campuses comes from renewable sources.
Sustainable food and drink
We ensure the food and drink served on campus is sourced, distributed, served and disposed of in the most sustainable manner possible.
Under our Socially Responsible Investment policy we will use our reputation as a world-leading academic institution to influence company behaviour, mobilizing the relationships we build through our research, education and innovation collaborations. As part of this, our Endowment will active engage with the companies in which we invest to influence their behaviour, whether alone or by collaborating and combining resources with like-minded investors. Where efforts to influence fail, and where a company’s current activities and future plans are not aligned with our goals, we will instruct the Endowment to divest.
In the case of fossil fuels we will continue to invest in companies that can demonstrate they are working towards meeting the Paris Agreement targets. On the current evidence, coal and tar sand extraction do not play a part in achieving Paris targets and we will therefore instruct the Endowment Board to divest from direct and indirect investments in companies engaged in these activities.