At Keele we’re committed to sustainability, root and branch. Since 1990, we’ve trebled our student population and significantly expanded our campus – whilst simultaneously decreasing our total CO2 emissions. And over the last six years, we’ve invested over £1.2m into carbon reduction – and will be investing more every year.
We strive to embed sustainability across all our activities: spanning our research, education, business processes, campus and community, as well as our external engagement with partners and business.
Sustainability is one of the University’s key strategic aims:
Keele University Strategic AIM 5: To promote environmental sustainability in all that we do.
~ Continue to improve the environmental sustainability of the University through campus developments, carbon reduction and the impact of University operations.
~ Have world-leading research in environmental sustainability.
~ Educate our students on environmental issues and provide opportunities for them to put strategies into practice.
~ Provide leadership in application and implementation of environmental sustainability.
~ Be sector-leading in environmental education and engagement with business, external organisations and communities.
Did you know we are:
~ The Green Gown Awards 2020 Sustainability Institution of the Year – Check out our video to find out more about how sustainability is at the core of everything we do at Keele.
~ Leading the way in energy management – We were one of the first universities in the UK to have our Energy Management System accredited to the prestigious international ISO 50001 standard.
~ Putting sustainability at the heart of our research – £12m invested in energy system infrastructure upgrades 2010 – 2016 to facilitate research.
~ Pioneers of research into sustainable energy – £15m SEND project to develop the UK’s national living laboratory demonstrator and £7m HyDeploy project to explore the use of hydrogen to reduce carbon intensity of gas for heating.
~ Investing in renewable energy – The new 450 bedroom Barnes halls of residence has an EPC rating of B and produces more than 63 MWh of zero carbon electricity each year from roof mounted Solar PV.
~ Converting waste to energy – Over 30 tonnes of food waste is collected from catering outlets annually and taken to an anaerobic digester to generate electricity.
Find out more about Keele University’s commitment to sustainability and how we are working toward becoming carbon neutral by 2030.
"This University understands about sustainability." Sir David Attenborough at Keele 2019