Russell Group universities unite to tackle climate crisis

The Russell Group universities in the United Kingdom have pledged to tackle climate change through research, teaching and more sustainable practices. In a joint statement released last Tuesday, they said the “global environmental and ecosystem challenges are urgent and real”, reports Study International.

The Russell Group represents 24 leading UK universities, including the renowned universities of Oxford and Cambridge. They acknowledged that their research and international collaborations “incur an inevitable carbon cost”, but that this work adds significant value and that they endeavour to work with businesses, governments, students and wider societies to turn their breakthroughs and discoveries into real-world solutions, without delay. As part of their commitment, they plan to reduce their carbon emissions and improve the energy efficiency of their buildings.

Meanwhile, through the new Environmental Sustainability Network, Russell Group universities are learning from each other and boosting efforts to cut waste, increase recycling, promote vegetarian and vegan options on campus and embed sustainability into their procurement practices to use their combined spending power effectively.
Full report on the Study International site