Working together to combat climate change

Climate change has been described as the most serious challenge facing the world today. As a world-leading research University and a major contributor to the local and national economy, we’re working together across our whole community to tackle it.

Ahead of the global day of action planned for Friday 20 September, we’re showcasing some of our world-leading and world-changing environmental research and some of the sustainability work we’re undertaking on our campus. Keep an eye on our website for more.

Five cool things about our environmental research

Have you read our Five cool things about our environmental research - We’re looking at making better use of geothermal energy, reducing waste plastic, improving food security, increasing solar efficiency and making water sustainable.

For more, take a look at our new brochure about our environmental research.

Caring for our shared environment

We’re also working to become an environmentally sustainable university. We’ve introduced strong environmental policies and procedures, are working to reduce our carbon emissions and are promoting increased awareness of environmental issues.

We’ve divested from companies involved in fossil fuel extraction, signed the County Durham Single Use Plastics Pledge and we’re working with the UK Government, businesses and communities to make water more sustainable, through The Water Hub project.

Durham University: Tackling Climate Change event

We know that many of our staff and students feel strong about the consequences of climate change and would like to show solidarity with the global day of action.

We’re organising a one-day event, Durham University: Tackling Climate Change, exploring research we’re undertaking aimed at tackling climate change and work we’re doing to reduce our own carbon footprint.

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