Our latest Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) report

From tracking emissions to the cost of living, preventative healthcare to vertical farms, learn more about how our interdisciplinary approach is breaking boundaries, in our latest SDG Report.


At Aberdeen, we go beyond traditional methods and the status quo, working across borders and disciplines to protect the future of our planet; setting an example to our sector and to society. In an era of significant societal challenges, we are committed to striving for more sustainable solutions, breaking with convention in order to work towards Net Zero by 2040.

The University is committed to not only achieving Net Zero but to consider the sustainability of our decision making, the quality and global relevance of our research, and our role in developing active and engaged graduates whose global mindset and cross-disciplinary approach enable them to go beyond and tackle the challenges facing our society.



Encourage everyone within our community to work and live sustainably, recognising the importance of our time, energy and resilience


Educate all our students and staff to be leaders in protecting the environment


Excel in research that addresses the climate emergency, enables energy transition and the preservation of biodiversity

Net zero

Achieve net zero carbon emissions before 2040


Generate resources for investment in education and research year on year, so that we can continue to develop the people, ideas and actions that help us to fulfil our purpose

Our Global Sustainability Impact Rankings


in the world for Environmental Impact

QS Sustainability Rankings 2024


in the world for Sustainability*

QS Sustainability Rankings 2024

*based on the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals


in the world for Social Impact

QS Sustainability Rankings 2024


in the world

THE Impact Rankings 2024

Impact through research

Our interdisciplinary research is challenge-led, impactful and built on sustainable partnerships that ensure we can tackle major societal challenges and support the UN's Sustainable Development Goals.

Our Environmental Research Impact


In Scotland for environmental research impact

QS World Rankings 2023


In Scotland for globally collaborative environmental research

QS World Rankings 2023

Creating a Sustainable Legacy

The University's sustainability legacy is the impact of our teaching and research and the contribution of our graduates as active, global citizens.

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