We are educating the next generation of scientists, engineers, clinicians, and economists, empowering them with the skills they need to work towards a more sustainable world and how we teach matters.

This year, we set up an Education for Sustainability group working with staff and students across Imperial to help integrate sustainability, as broadly described by the Sustainable Development Goals, into teaching and extra-curricular activities.

This includes Sustainability Literacy (teaching core skills and competences) and the Application of Science to Sustainability (opportunities in the curriculum and extra-curricular in teaching and learning).

The Transition to Zero Pollution (TZP) initiative published three thought pieces and briefing papers in 2022–23 to raise the profile of TZP and of research at Imperial in these areas. Further activity of bringing together cross-disciplinary colleagues to solve grand challenges in sustainability has encouraged collaboration and develop proposals.

There have been many research projects related to TZP funded over the past year, including the launch of Hitachi and Imperial Centre for Decarbonisation and Natural Climate Solutions in January 2023 and the Rio Tinto Centre for Future Materials, to develop sustainable routes to materials for a green future.

Working with zero pollution researchers, Imperial has developed public engagement opportunities (Future Fridge, to stimulate conversation around whole systems thinking and the environmental and health impacts of food) and policy engagement activities (with Imperial Policy Forum and the Grantham Institute, co-organising the Environmental Audit Committee’s 25th Anniversary).

Who we partner with and how we invest university funds matters. We use our convening power to build and facilitate partnerships across the world that drive the transition to net-zero, working with industry, business, governments, our local communities and the wider public.

Imperial is one of 22 leading cultural and educational organisations in South Kensington in the Exhibition Road Cultural Group (ERCG) working with South Kensington Zero Emissions Nature Positive (ZEN+) Programme. This is an innovative neighbourhood response to the climate and biodiversity crisis. It been awarded £120,000 from the GLA to further explore options and viability of several schemes including making use of heat from ground water in Princes Gardens.

Imperial launched several international partnerships this year. The TUM-Imperial zero pollution network launched in November 2022 and Imperial-TUM Zero Pollution Advanced Fund will help support several pioneering projects. Imperial and University of Tokyo announced a new strategic relationship for cleantech and energy research following a visit to Japan in March 2023.