Imperial and Climate Change

Our mission

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.


Our campuses

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.

Our campuses

Jason Hallett in lab with student

Sustainable laboratories

Four of our labs have already taken part in a pilot of Laboratory Environmental Assessment Framework (LEAF)

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Carbon emissions

From October 2019 100 per cent of bought-in electricity on all campuses comes from renewable sources.

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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.


Our investments

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.