Our Aberdeen 2040 strategy commits the University to achieving net-zero emissions before 2040. We will show leadership in working for the sustainable future of our planet, setting an example to our sector and to society. We will evaluate all our actions for their impact on the environment, and will meet stretching standards and targets. In an era of significant societal challenges, an effective approach to sustainability will ensure that limited resources are used efficiently, and that activity is conducted in a way that minimises environmental impacts while demonstrating an awareness of ethical and social responsibilities.

We recognise that the sustainability legacy and impact of the University will be measured not only by carbon emissions or landfill tonnage, but by the sustainability of our decision-making, by the quality and global relevance of our research, and by our role in developing active and engaged graduates with the attributes necessary to tackle the challenges facing society. We will also use our resources wisely, plan ahead and secure new sources of income to ensure our University’s financial sustainability.



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 2023


In the world for Sustainability*

QS Sustainability Rankings 2023

*based on the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals


In the world for Social Impact

QS Sustainability Rankings 2023


In the world

THE Impact Rankings 2023


In the UK for SDG17: Partnership for the Goals

THE Impact Rankings 2023

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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