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The Way to Sustainable

How to get to a truly sustainable future

The University of Warwick is playing its part in tackling the climate emergency. Building on our existing research and education programmes and our connections to industry and society, we’re focusing on The Way to Sustainable – the real-life implications of creating a sustainable future and the practical challenges of getting there.

Pointing the way ahead

Warwick has always been a forward-facing university and today is no different. We know the way ahead has to lead to a better, more sustainable, relationship between people and the planet and we know organisations like Warwick have a critical role to play.

More and more, the world is coming to understand what needs to be done and why. Now the question is how and The Way to Sustainable seeks to answer that.

The journey to a sustainable future will be unpredictable and demanding but it’s a path every one of us will have to take. At Warwick, we believe the key to getting there will be to find the right balance between clear leadership and cooperation, between inspiration and practical problem solving, between science, politics and culture.

That’s why we’re emphasising five major areas of work, to help chart a path from where we are today to the sustainable future we need to create.

- Professor Chris Ennew OBE
Provost, University of Warwick

Leading by example

Navigating the path to a sustainable future depends on strong leadership from governments, academia, NGOs and private enterprise.

As an international centre of research and learning, with deep connections to society and industry, we are leading by example across our campus, our community, our research and teaching.

Leading by example

Guided by insight

If we want to get to a sustainable future, we’ll need the best scientific research to help conceive new ideas, mobilise them, test, learn and improve fast.

We know the way to sustainable won’t be a straight line. We’re using our insight, innovation and ideas to help people and organisations adapt.

Guided by insight

Further than net zero

Net Zero is a critical step on the way to sustainable but getting to net zero is not enough.

At Warwick, we believe in planning further ahead, to make sure the path we take and the choices we make lead to truly sustainable future.

Further than net zero

Powered by the economy

We believe the way to sustainable has to be plugged into the economy – we need the innovation, adaptability and momentum that the commercial sector can bring.

Our work connects industry and academia, public and private enterprise, to help create practical technologies, systems and products that can help us on our way.

Powered by the economy

Embraced by people and communities

Innovation and technology will help drive change but ultimately the future depends on how people embrace that change.

At Warwick, we seek to understand what it will take for people across society to get to a sustainable future and we aim to empower communities to embrace new behaviours and ways of living.

Embraced by people and communities