Our progress

We regularly measure our progress and achievements against our strategy and each year we produce our annual sustainability report. This shows a snapshot of the work we are doing across our operations, research, teaching and outreach to advance Sustainability at the University and beyond.

A successful two years

The past two years have been an exciting time for Sustainability at the University of Leeds. We have been recognised globally for our holistic approach to embedding sustainability through our curriculum, made significant progress against our Seven Climate Principles, supported the NHS and Leeds City Council through the Coronavirus pandemic and reduced the amount of single-use plastic used at the University by more than one million pieces.

Read the full report here: University of Leeds two year sustainability report 2018- 2020 (PDF)

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Annual reports

Our achievements as detailed in our annual reports demonstrate how working collaboratively has embedded Sustainability as a core value of the University and how we are addressing global grand challenges by taking responsibility for our economic, cultural, social and environmental impacts.

Alongside our performance data, we highlight some of the research, projects and successes that have taken place over the years in our annual reports, showcasing the incredible variety and scale of what we do.

We also identify how our actions are contributing to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – a set of 17 goals to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This global focus is intrinsic to our sustainability efforts as we understand how we can have an impact on a local, regional, national and international scale.

View our most recent annual reports below:

If you would like a copy of any of our reports in an accessible format please contact us: sustainability@leeds.ac.uk

United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

We use the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a framework to guide our activity. Our work as the Sustainability Service is linked to all of the SDGs.

Find out more about our impact on the SDGs.