King’s Climate & Sustainability is initially a three-year programme to accelerate change and create the foundations and momentum that will ensure delivery of the strategic goals:
- Grow substantially the volume and quality of environment and sustainability research and our research impact by 2029; including development of distinctive and high-quality programmes and centres of excellence/institutes with visibility and critical mass
- Provide environment, climate and sustainability education for all King’s students through the core curriculum (all King’s UG to have provision by 2026), strengthen extra-curricular education such as the KEATS Sustainability & Climate module, and expand research enhanced PGT, CPD and Exec Education
- Continue making plans and investments to accelerate King’s progress towards its 2030 emissions targets (Scope 1, 2, 3 emissions reductions of 50%) and Net Zero target (demonstrable contributions by 2025 and 2030 to achieving King’s initial emissions targets), engaging our entire community to achieve these goals
- Reposition and build King’s profile to include excellence and contributions to UK and global sustainability problem-solving in areas including policy, business, and civil society
- Attract substantial philanthropic funding for new environment, climate and sustainability education, research, and impact
It is sponsored by the Senior Vice President (Academic) and Senior Vice President (Operations), and led by a newly appointed Assistant Principal (King’s Climate & Sustainability). Progress, structure, and longer-term direction will be reviewed after the initial three years.
The King’s Climate & Sustainability Steering Group provides oversight, advocacy and accountability for the delivery of the three-year programme and planning for continued progress after the three years. The Group is chaired by the Senior Vice-President (Academic) and core membership includes (Senior) Vice Presidents, Executive Deans, Directors of various directorates, and general student and staff representatives. The Group meets three times per year.
The Steering Group is supported by three dedicated Working Groups to help the university deliver on its education, research, and net zero targets.
The Education Working Group has been established to shape and enable Education for Sustainable Development in all aspects of King’s education and to facilitate the development of high-quality new programmes. The Group meets at least once per term and is chaired by the Assistant Principal (King’s Climate & Sustainability). Core membership includes academic and professional services representatives from faculties, King’s Climate & Sustainability, the Students & Education Directorate, King’s Academy, King’s Online, KCLSU, and student representatives.
The Research and Innovation Working Group has been created to provide vision, expertise and creativity ensuring that King’s ambitions for rapid development of research and research income are achieved. The Group meets at least once per term and is chaired by the Assistant Principal (King’s Climate & Sustainability). Core membership includes Vice Deans (Research), academics representing all faculties, colleagues from the Research Management & Innovation Directorate and a PhD student representative.
The Net Zero Operations & Delivery Group has been established to help drive achievement of King’s net zero targets, as set out in the King’s Climate and Sustainability Action Plan. The Group meets at least twice per term. Core membership includes colleagues from Estates & Facilities, Real Estate Development, Finance, Procurement, Organisational Development, Strategic Communications & External Engagement, Strategy, Planning & Analytics, King’s Health Partners, and student/staff representatives.
In addition, an External Advisory Board is being established to provide strategic perspective, challenge and guidance to King's Climate & Sustainability's leadership and committees. This Group will be pivotal in influencing King’s leadership and guiding it to navigate the rapidly changing external and international policy and funding landscape, and to connect with businesses, Government and third-sector organisations.