UWE Bristol has declared a climate and ecological emergency. Through our 2030 Strategy we will work to address the urgency of the challenges we now face.

Sustainability is embedded in our services, cultureresearch and teaching. We have invested heavily in campus improvements and new technology, with plans already underway to be carbon neutral by 2030.

Our sustainability leaders, experts and students are assessing and aligning our progress on an ongoing basis in relation to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (PDF).

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Strategy, leadership and plans

Details of UWE Bristol's commitment to sustainability through our future plans, goals, leadership and governance and our 2030 Strategy.

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Policy and strategy documents

Download and browse key documents relating to sustainability at UWE Bristol.

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Education for sustainable development

Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) sits at the heart of UWE Bristol’s institutional strategy and teaching and learning framework.

"Climate change presents a significant challenge to each and every one of us, one we must not and cannot ignore. So let's make sure that we build on the progress we have made, as a University community and as individuals, as we press forward with our ambitious commitments in a world that has been deeply affected by the global pandemic."

Steve West, Vice-Chancellor, President and CEO, UWE Bristol

Steve West Vice-Chancellor, President and CEO, UWE Bristol

Sustainability across campus

Since 2016, 100% of our energy comes from renewable sources, plus we have invested in a large onsite solar panel array and a new high-tech heating network providing low-carbon heating and electricity to the Frenchay Campus, saving approximately 650 tonnes of carbon dioxide per year.

The award-winning Frenchay Beeline is just one example of the many UWE Bristol projects which are making a difference. The Students' Union Green Team have contributed hugely to our success with many engaging initiatives and events.

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Research and partnerships

UWE Bristol research projects and collaborations that are making a difference in the field of sustainability and the environment.

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ISO 14001 certification

Information about our ISO14001 certification and how we apply this Environmental Management System to all aspects of our organisation.

Our commitment to sustainability

A call to action from Steve West: "It is about recognising that we are one planet, one world. We all have a collective responsibility to engage individually and collectively… to move to a different place in our mindset and our actions. This is a hugely important agenda that is going to be with us forever" September 2021.

Awards, certifications and external recognition

In 2021 UWE Bristol and The Students’ Union at UWE are finalists in eleven categories of the UK and Ireland Green Gown Awards, and The Students’ Union at UWE received an ‘Excellent’ Award at the NUS Green Impact Awards and were the highest scoring for the fifth year in a row.

Learn more about our awards for sustainability

  • Soil Association Food for Life logo
  • International Green Gown Awards winner logo
  • Green Impact Award SU 2021
  • NUS green impact 2021 award logo
  • NUS Responsible Futures accreditation logo
  • West of England Green 50 Award logo
  • Fairtrade University Award working towards logo
  • Green Gown Awards winner logo
  • Gold hedgehog award logo
  • Gold food city logo

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