The University has already ensured that no waste from the campus is taken to landfill. All dry mixed recycling is taken to a recycling centre for sorting and processing, and all our general waste goes to an Energy Recovery Centre where it is converted into energy. Once Energy Works opens in Hull, it will go there to produce energy to power homes in the city.
Today’s commitment ensures this start continues at pace to will enable us to deliver on our promise.
Professor Susan Lea, Vice-Chancellor at the University of Hull, said: “Colleagues, students and stakeholders are all passionate about playing their part in the transition towards a low carbon future. The University also plays an important role in helping to tackle this global challenge through our world-leading research, and our education prepares students to go on to address these critical and complex problems.
“This ambitious commitment sets our centenary as a target date to become carbon neutral and reaffirms our commitment to contribute towards the urgent action needed to reverse global heating and the climate crisis.
“We will work at pace to adapt and take control of our future, protecting it for generations to come.”
In addition to measures outlined above, the University will continue to reduce energy consumption in a range of other ways, including further reducing our use of plastics across campus. The introduction of #MyPlasticPledge was a first step towards educating colleagues, students and partners to make a small everyday change that collectively will have a huge impact.
The University has also made significant progress in reducing single-use plastics across its cafes on campus.