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Top universities for climate action 2024

Explore the top 100 universities for climate action, based on data collected as part of the 91原创聽Impact Rankings

    June 12 2024
    Best universities for climate action

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    Warnings from environmentalists about the dangers of climate change have become louder and louder over the past few years. If we don鈥檛 drastically cut carbon emissions, there could be serious repercussions for the planet.

    Many universities are providing great examples of how to combat climate change through pledging to hit zero carbon emissions, refitting buildings to be more energy-efficient and arming students with the knowledge and skills to make individual changes.

    The United Nations鈥 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) look to tackle some of today鈥檚 biggest global issues, and one of them, SDG聽13, covers climate action.

    As part of the 2024 Impact Rankings, 91原创 has produced a ranking focusing on how universities are contributing to climate action. Some of the measures taken into account for the ranking are low-carbon energy use, a commitment to carbon-neutrality and working with local or national governments to address climate change. You can read more about the methodology here.

    Top five universities for climate action

    1.鈥University of Tasmania

    The University of Tasmania scored highly in a range of metrics for the climate action ranking, including for the number of climate action papers published, low-carbon energy tracking, the number of local education programmes about climate and its commitment to carbon-neutrality.

    The university鈥檚 Climate Futures Research Group works with industry and government agencies around Australia to create projections about the impact of climate change on a range of sectors including wine production and ski resorts.

    2.鈥UNSW Sydney

    UNSW Sydney is the second university from Australia to feature in the top five for SDG 13.

    The university has made a range of commitments to tackle climate change, including 30聽per cent less emissions by 2025, 50聽per cent less emissions by 2030 and to be net zero by 2050.

    The Climate Change Network is a network of staff and students who hold regular events and activities to combat climate change within the university and the local community.

    3.鈥Simon Fraser University

    Simon Fraser University, which is located in Canada, climbs two places this year.

    The university offers more than 230 sustainability courses, and its environmental science programme has been running for more than 25聽years.

    In 2019, the university opened its School of Sustainable Energy Engineering.


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    4.鈥Western Sydney University

    Western Sydney University has been certified carbon neutral for its business operations since 2023.

    The university has a range of initiatives with a focus on sustainability, including electric vehicle charging stations on campus and regenerative agriculture practices.

    The university has managed to reduce waste by 50聽per cent, and all retailers on campus have halted the use of single-use plastic products.

    5.鈥University of Victoria

    The University of Victoria has a strategic framework in place that outlines the measures it will take to tackle climate change.

    One of the measures laid out in the framework is to ensure that students are engaged with the principles of sustainability and have the opportunity to develop their knowledge of sustainable practices.

    The university is also in the process of consulting staff, students and the local community on a climate and sustainability action plan that will outline measurable outcomes for the university鈥檚 commitment to sustainability.


    The top universities for climate action 2024: top聽100

    Climate action rank 2024UniversityCountry/region
    1University of TasmaniaAustralia
    2UNSW SydneyAustralia
    3Simon Fraser UniversityCanada
    4Western Sydney UniversityAustralia
    5University of VictoriaCanada
    6University of Eastern FinlandFinland
    7Abdullah G眉l UniversityTurkey
    8Aalborg UniversityDenmark
    9University of NewcastleAustralia
    10Lappeenranta-Lahti University of Technology LUTFinland
    11Arizona State University (Tempe)United States
    12University of ExeterUnited Kingdom
    13Universit茅 LavalCanada
    14Delft University of TechnologyNetherlands
    15University of Technology SydneyAustralia
    16RMIT UniversityAustralia
    17Wageningen University & ResearchNetherlands
    18University at BuffaloUnited States
    19University of ReadingUnited Kingdom
    20Universidad Andr茅s Bello (UNAB)Chile
    =21Chinese University of Hong KongHong Kong
    =21University of AucklandNew Zealand
    23KTH Royal Institute of TechnologySweden
    24University of the West of EnglandUnited Kingdom
    25Universit茅 de Montr茅alCanada
    26University of HelsinkiFinland
    27University of East AngliaUnited Kingdom
    28Australian National UniversityAustralia
    =29Technological University DublinIreland
    =29University of SussexUnited Kingdom
    31Newcastle UniversityUnited Kingdom
    32University of CanterburyNew Zealand
    33Polytechnic University of ValenciaSpain
    34University of GlasgowUnited Kingdom
    =35Massey UniversityNew Zealand
    =35Shoolini University of Biotechnology and Management SciencesIndia
    =35University of LiverpoolUnited Kingdom
    38Egypt-Japan University of Science and Technology (E-JUST)Egypt
    39King鈥檚 College LondonUnited Kingdom
    40University of YorkUnited Kingdom
    41La Trobe UniversityAustralia
    =42Bournemouth UniversityUnited Kingdom
    =42University of BarcelonaSpain
    44Macquarie UniversityAustralia
    45Queen鈥檚 UniversityCanada
    46Tecnol贸gico de MonterreyMexico
    47University of ManchesterUnited Kingdom
    48Charles Sturt UniversityAustralia
    49IMT AtlantiqueFrance
    50University of LeedsUnited Kingdom
    51Concordia UniversityCanada
    52National Cheng Kung University (NCKU)Taiwan
    53University of MinnesotaUnited States
    =54Hiroshima UniversityJapan
    =54University of EssexUnited Kingdom
    56Lancaster UniversityUnited Kingdom
    57Katholische Universit盲t Eichst盲tt-IngolstadtGermany
    58Universitat Polit猫cnica de CatalunyaSpain
    =59Radboud University NijmegenNetherlands
    =59University of HullUnited Kingdom
    =59University of ValladolidSpain
    =62Northumbria UniversityUnited Kingdom
    =62University of AlgarvePortugal
    =62University of WollongongAustralia
    =65Lakehead UniversityCanada
    =65Rovira i Virgili UniversitySpain
    67Pontificia Universidad Cat贸lica de ChileChile
    =68Technical University of MadridSpain
    =68University of GironaSpain
    70University of TurkuFinland
    71Lincoln UniversityNew Zealand
    72University of SurreyUnited Kingdom
    =73De Montfort UniversityUnited Kingdom
    =73Prince Mohammad Bin Fahd UniversitySaudi Arabia
    =73University of BolognaItaly
    =73Victoria UniversityAustralia
    =73Victoria University of WellingtonNew Zealand
    78The Hong Kong University of Science and TechnologyHong Kong
    =79Benha UniversityEgypt
    =79SOAS University of LondonUnited Kingdom
    =79University of StirlingUnited Kingdom
    82University of AlbertaCanada
    83Tecnol贸gico de Costa RicaCosta Rica
    84Pontifical Catholic University of PeruPeru
    85Universiti Sains MalaysiaMalaysia
    =86Al-Mustaqbal UniversityIraq
    =86Indiana聽University BloomingtonUnited States
    =86University of FlorenceItaly
    =86University of NottinghamUnited Kingdom
    =90University of AberdeenUnited Kingdom
    =90University of PlymouthUnited Kingdom
    =92脡cole des Mines de Saint-脡tienneFrance
    =92University of FreiburgGermany
    =94National Pingtung University of Science and TechnologyTaiwan
    =94National University of Uzbekistan named after Mirzo UlugbekUzbekistan
    =96Comillas Pontifical UniversitySpain
    =96Pontifical Javeriana UniversityColombia
    =96University of MurciaSpain
    99McMaster UniversityCanada
    =100Brunel University LondonUnited Kingdom
    =100Toronto Metropolitan UniversityCanada

    View the full ranking for climate action here


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