Climate and Ecological Emergency Declaration

UWE Bristol has joined organisations across the world in declaring a climate and ecological emergency.

The decision was formally announced by UWE Bristol's Board of Governors on Monday 3 February 2020.

By declaring a climate and ecological emergency, the University recognises the impact global warming has on the environment and society and equally recognises that nature is declining globally at rates unprecedented in human history.

UWE Bristol therefore pledges to redouble our efforts to provide leadership and commitment to enable our organisation to:

  • become carbon neutral by 2030

  • enhance actions addressing biodiversity loss

  • support staff and students to become climate resilient

  • achieve the commitments set out in Strategy 2030 to deliver the UN's Sustainable Development Goals.

Download the declaration in full (PDF)

"I am delighted and proud that the University has declared a climate and ecological emergency, joining many of our partner organisations and business throughout the city region, the UK and across the world. We are already undertaking a range of projects to make UWE Bristol carbon neutral by 2030 and acting to enhance biodiversity on our estate. By declaring this emergency the University reinforces its commitment to address two of the most pressing issues facing the globe."

Professor James Longhurst, Assistant Vice-Chancellor Environment and Sustainability

Professor James Longhurst Assistant Vice-Chancellor Environment and Sustainability