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Warwick ranked 9th in the world for responsible consumption and production

The University of Warwick has been ranked as the 9th best in the world for its sustainability efforts on responsible consumption and production, according to the latest Times Higher Education Impact Rankings.

The Impact Rankings are designed to encourage universities to improve their performance in sustainability and demonstrate their commitment to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Out of 674 universities worldwide, Warwick was rated as amongst the very best for SDG12: Responsible Consumption and Production which focuses on improving resource efficiency, cutting waste and pollution and shaping a new circular economy.

The University also featured within:

  • The top 5% for SDG16: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions, which is designed to promote peaceful and inclusive societies.
  • Top 10% institutions around the world for SDG10 which tackles inequalities.
  • Overall, the University ranked in the top 15% of institutions worldwide for SDGs.

Vice-Chancellor of the University of Warwick, Professor Stuart Croft said: “We passionately believe in the importance of being a force for good and positive change locally, nationally and globally.

“This is the first year Warwick has entered the Impact Rankings and I’m delighted that the hard work and dedication of our community has been recognised – with the results reflecting the fact that we are making real progress against our sustainability goals.

“The UN Sustainable Development Goals are fundamental to our long-term vision and are embedded into every aspect of our operations.

“However, we know there’s more to do and we will need to keep on improving and challenging ourselves further.”

The University of Warwick’s Way to Sustainable Strategy outlines how the University will achieve sustainability through its research, education and impact in the world.

Some ways in which the University is making progress against its goals, include:

  • Since 2021, 100% of the University energy buys comes from green sources.
  • In 2021/22 100% of the University’s own heat was produced on campus.
  • The University achieved a 52% reduction in our carbon emissions relative to income, between 2005/06 to 2020/21.
  • The University generated 50% of its own power in 2021/22.
  • 100% of major campus new builds feature solar panels since 2014, to support generation of electricity from the sun.
  • The University planted 1,200 new trees during 2021/22.