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Way to Sustainable

Our sustainability strategy

Warwick is on a journey to becoming sustainable. We are determined that our research, our curriculum and how we operate make a positive impact in the world. Our sustainability strategy – Way To Sustainable – sets out the path that we are all on together.

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Way to Sustainable Overview

The UN Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs) are fundamental to Warwick’s vision to build a better world while addressing the urgent challenges posed by the Climate Emergency. To get where we need to be, we need to reframe the thinking behind our decision making, set ourselves goals, and organise our efforts into clear pathways.

Frames: How we will think, take decisions, and act

Lead by example:

Be the change we want to see

Guided by insight:

Harness expertise and knowledge

Going further than net zero:

Address broader challenges

Powered by the economy:

Develop viable solutions to ensure permanency

Embraced by people and communities:

Enable everyone to be more sustainable

Goals: What we will achieve

Progress our contribution to the UN Sustainable Development Goals through research
Embed sustainability into the Warwick curriculum
Realise ecology & biodiversity net gain
Get to net zero carbon emissions from direct emissions and the energy we buy by 2030 (Scope 1 and 2)
Reach net zero carbon for both direct and indirect emissions by 2050 (Scope 1, 2 and 3)

Paths: How we will organise our efforts


Truly interdisciplinary and innovative research across the social sciences, arts and humanities, and science, engineering and medicine.


The Warwick education will enable current and future generations to lead efforts to tackle climate change, ensuring Warwick students are able to develop themselves and effectively influence others.


Work with local, regional, national, and international partners, as well as communities to have an impact on planetary sustainability.


Improve and evolve our own operational activities to become a more sustainable university over time, taking our learnings into the wider world.

Performance and Reporting

View Warwick's sustainability performance data for carbon, waste, travel and water consumption. You can also see the certificates and awards the university has won.

Policies and Plans

The University of Warwick has multiple policies and plans in place that cover a range of sustainability topics, including investment, food and waste.