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Our approach

Our approach

Our united response to the climate and biodiversity crises

To help us both mitigate against and adapt to these emergencies, we’re embedding environmental sustainability into absolutely everything we do – from how we maintain and develop our buildings and 35-acre parkland estate, to what food we serve in our outlets, and what we research and teach.

Environmental Sustainability Strategy

In 2022 we launched our first Environmental Sustainability Strategy committing to achieve net-zero scope 1 and 2 carbon emissions by 2035-2040, reducing our water consumption and waste output, and generating research that makes a positive difference to the state of our world.

Delivering net zero

Our electricity supply is now zero carbon, boosted by four solar panel arrays. The majority of our fleet is electric and no waste goes to landfill. We're expanding our Carbon Literacy training and proudly hold a 3-star Sustainable Restaurant Award.

Research and education leadership

We’re also world-leading in our research and education, integrating sustainability across all six schools. Our research spans from climate reconstruction to sustainability in film production, and from greenhouse gases to how climate change is recorded in classic literature

We have a way to go, but this is integral to our sense of mission as a university of social purpose.

Ongoing sustainability initiatives

We still need to decarbonise the majority of our estate and improve the energy efficiency of our heritage buildings. We need to keep improving how we use water and produce waste, too, and make sure that we’re managing our land to increase biodiversity as much as possible.

We’re also working to ensure that every single student receives sustainability training and can engage with environmental sustainability during their time at Royal Holloway. Many of our students are active volunteers and contribute strongly to campus-based projects such as habitat restoration.

Feel free to contact Mark Berry, Head of Sustainability, for any further information.

Mark Berry, Head of Sustainability

Klaus Dodds, Executive Dean of the School of Life Sciences and the Environment

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