Climate research and education at a global university
Contributing to society through our knowledge lies at the heart of our core mission at King’s and drives our commitment to addressing global climate change. We are taking decisive action as a university by reducing the negative impacts of our operations and maximising our positive impact through solutions-oriented research and education.
King’s is proud to support our world-leading climate researchers studying across disciplines to meet the challenge we face at this critical time for our planet. Our research goes beyond the science to look at the intersection between climate and inequality, social medicine, mental health, indigenous knowledge and inclusive policy. We are also training the next generation of global changemakers who are working to address the climate emergency and shaping climate action across sectors.
Our multi-disciplinary approach and leadership on climate action has been recognised by the 2022 Times Higher Education Impact Rankings, ranking us among the top 5 universities in the UK and Europe for acting to address social and environmental issues. King's also ranked second in the 2021 People & Planet University League.
Climate action at King's
Alongside these efforts to lead on positive change through research and education, both within and beyond King’s, we are continuing to take action to address our own impacts on the climate. We have decoupled university growth from growing carbon emissions, and more than halved our emissions in the last 15 years. We have also fully divested from all fossil fuels, almost two years ahead of target.
King’s students and staff have played an essential role in this. Students have not only joined our sustainability initiatives, but set up their own, forming student societies focused on sustainability and climate action, and held us accountable to our commitments. Our Sustainability Champions are embedding sustainability across the university. In our laboratories, our Champions have led the introduction of more sustainable ways of working.
We have also made significant progress in decarbonising our electricity supply. We have done this by investing in on-site renewables, such as solar panels and switching all directly purchased electricity to a 100% wind power tariff. As a signatory to the global Race To Zero for Universities and Colleges, we are one of 822 institutions that have committed to and are taking immediate action to achieve net zero emissions.
We aim to create systemic change at King’s which reaches beyond our university doors. This change must come from all directions, from our staff to our students and suppliers. We will use our influence as a university to empower impactful climate action and develop sustainable and just solutions to the climate crisis.