University of Greenwich

University of Greenwich are taking further strides towards its sustainability goals and commitment to be carbon neutral by 2030. Its work has always been firmly placed in ensuring the university act responsibly to reduce carbon emissions.
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Total carbon footprint

Reporting Boundary: University of Greenwich, Old Royal Naval College, Park Row, London SE10 9LS

Emission sources: Electricity, T&D losses, natural gas, other fuels, water, waste, fleet, business travel, homeworking energy (excluded from total carbon footprint)

Reporting Period: 01 Aug 2019 – 31 July 2020

8,467.7 tCO2e

Total carbon footprint per student & staff

0.5 tCO2e


Students & staff

We engage our employees and wider stakeholders to unlock their talent and knowledge to drive year on year progress in sustainability.



UN Sustainable Development Goals

We recognise that transparent communication is essential for transformational change and we quantifiably contribute to 9 SDG’s.


Certification story

The university is fully committed to achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2030, applying sustainable development across its activities, working closely with students, staff and the wider community to help radically reduce carbon and enhance social value. As part of this journey, it has maintained the ‘First Class’ Award in the People & Planet’s University Green League since 2012, its Estates & Facilities Directorate is operating with ISO14001 (Environmental Management) accreditation, and it is currently in the process of becoming a certified Planet Mark organisation through the ZeroBy30 programme. 

Planet Mark is very familiar with the institution as three of its members attended the University of Greenwich including: CEO and Founder Steve Malkin, who studied Civil Engineering; Claire Walmsley-Moss, Head of Marketing, who studied Business and Marketing, and Ashley Richmond, Marketing Executive, who studied Advertising and Marketing and took a Master in Strategic Marketing Communications.  

Simon Goldsmith
Head of Sustainability
University of Greenwich
“The University of Greenwich recognises the importance of meeting our climate commitments. As a large educational institution we have a significant carbon footprint but with Planet Mark we are creating the pathway to reduce and eliminate this”

Certification story

Simon added “We have an important role to play in teaching and informing our students to learn more about the importance of carbon reduction so they can become positive change agents while they are students here and after they graduate. Our academic community also have a crucial role to play, applying their knowledge to the climate and carbon solutions the world urgently needs. We welcome people to join us at the first stop of the nationwide Zero Carbon Tour and we hope that our virtual visitors are inspired to help us win the climate challenge we all face.” 

Future targets

Reduce carbon footprint by 5% annually

As part of the Planet Mark certification, University of Greenwich has committed to make a year-on-year reduction.

Achieve net zero carbon by 2030

Through the Planet Mark Zeroby30 programme, University of Greenwich has committed to reaching net zero emissions by 2030.

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