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Building sustainability into our actions and operations

We know our operations and activities can have a significant impact on local and global environments and aim to minimise their negative environmental effects, while strengthening our positive impact through our research, teaching and actions.

Our commitments are governed through our Environmental Sustainability Policy and we report progress towards our targets annually.


Driving sustainability into King’s actions and operations

King’s ambitious sustainability targets are underpinned by operational policies, plans and systems, demonstrating the decisive action we are taking to reduce the negative impacts of our operations.

We have decoupled university growth from growing carbon emissions, and more than halved our emissions in the last 15 years. We fully divested from all fossil fuels almost two years ahead of target, have invested in on-site renewables and source more of our electricity directly from wind farms.

We are further embedding sustainability into our operations to minimise our climate and ecological footprint across King’s, striving to be become a Net Zero institution by 2030.

King’s Staff Sustainability Champions are advocates for environmental action across the university, including in our laboratories where they have led the introduction of more sustainable ways of working. Students and staff also actively contribute to our operations and policies through King’s Climate Action Network (King’s CAN). By empowering them to take action, King's CAN ensures student and staff representation informs university decision-making and governance.

As a signatory to the global Race to Zero for Universities and Colleges, we will continue to make a difference through our supply chain and investments, by engaging our community in behaviour change and through the work we collectively do to achieve our sustainability targets.

Climate & Sustainability Action Plan

Learn more about our operations and policies

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Biodiversity

Enhancing the habitats on our campuses, halls of residence and sports...

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Carbon & energy

King's aims to be a net zero carbon institution and reduce our absolute...

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Fairtrade

King's is committed to supporting, promoting and using Fairtrade goods

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Food

King's has a range of policies and initiatives in place to make food at...

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Procurement

King's aims to reduce the environmental and social impact of the products...

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Waste & recycling

King's is committed to reducing its impact on the environment, including...

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