Photograph of Princes Gardens in South Kensington

We are committed to making our campuses as sustainable as possible


Professor Paul Lickiss, the Academic Leader in Sustainability

Imperial does a huge amount of valuable research in the area of sustainability and many of our staff and students are involved in businesses which promote sustainability.

On our own campuses progress has already been made by colleagues in EstatesCatering, and Greening Imperial to try and make our campuses more environmentally friendly.  We have already stopped using plastic glasses and cutlery and made the switch to a sustainable energy supplier on all our campuses. Greening Imperial were also instrumental in my own post being created as this was something recommended in their report on sustainability across College. 

I’m delighted that 35 labs are now participating in the LEAF project which aims to measure and improve their sustainability. The College has also achieved success in the Student Switch Off campaign and I thank all the students at Pembridge Hall who were awarded a national prize for taking the climate change quiz. Over 1,000 Imperial students took the quiz with over 500 pledging to save energy, water and recycle.

"Sustainability should run through the whole of College thinking and activity at all levels and across all campuses."

Professor Paul Lickiss, Academic Leader in Sustainability

Over the last few months, I have been meeting with members of our College community to gain an insight into existing sustainability initiatives at the College and where progress has already been made in this area. Now we are launching a College-wide conversation on making our campuses as environmentally friendly as possible, supported by a cross-College advisory group, and want to hear from you on how we can achieve this. Further details on how to get involved will be announced shortly.

Sustainability should run through the whole of College thinking and activity at all levels and across all campuses. We all have a role to play so I hope you will all join me in finding ways for the College to be more sustainable. 


What we are doing

Professor Jason Hallett with Adele Wang, UROP student 1st Year Bioengineering. Adele is working on the effect of enzyme modification on aqueous enzyme activity in the Hallet Lab.

Sustainable laboratories

Four of our labs have already taken part in a pilot of Laboratory Environmental Assessment Framework (LEAF) which helps improve the sustainability of laboratories and features a checklist of actions that labs can undertake. The next phase of the project will commence in January 2020 – if you would like your lab to take part, please register your interest here.

The Imperial Combined Heat and Power Plant at South Kensington.

Carbon emissions

From October 2019 100 per cent of bought-in electricity on all campuses comes from renewable sources and in 2017/18 our overall carbon emissions fell 27% below 2009 levels - the first year for which we recorded them.

Read the Carbon Management and Sustainability Activities Report 2017-2018 (PDF).


Sustainability themes




A Socially Responsible Investment (SRI) Policy Working Group has been set up to look at how the Endowment funds are invested to achieve that goal while remaining true to the College mission. 

Find out more about the SRI Policy Working Group and how to get involved.



Study sustainability at Imperial:

Open online programmes

Introduction to Corporate Sustainability, Social Innovation and Ethics

Climate Change: Financial Risks and Opportunities

Clean Power Professional Certificate (three courses)

Undergraduate study

For undergraduates, the Change Maker field of Imperial Horizons offers a range of module options that challenge students to learn and work in diverse and often new ways in their approach to global issues and the wider world. Examples of module options which explicitly engage with Sustainable Development Goals: