University named UK’s second greenest


Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) has maintained its position in the top three most sustainable UK universities for the sixth time in a row, having been recognised for ongoing work to cut carbon emissions.

MMU came second in the 2019 People and Planet University League Table, which ranks UK universities by environmental and ethical performance across 12 categories.

The university came first in 2017, but this year was beaten by the University of Gloucestershire.

Nevertheless, it increased its overall score by 2.3 per cent in recognition of its ongoing work to cut emissions, increase recycling and embed ‘carbon literacy’ in its curriculum.


Key achievements for the university included:

•  Joining ‘Electronics Watch’, a collaboration of public sector organisations working to create an ethical IT supply chain

•  Becoming a certified ‘Carbon Literate Organisation’, with nearly 900 students trained in carbon literacy to date

•  Achieving a 60 per cent low emission (hybrid of fully-electric) vehicle fleet

•  Installing a 550-strong solar panel system on its Brooks building (pictured), making a total of 1,554 solar panels across campus

•  Achieving a 41 per cent reduction in carbon emissions since 2005, and committing to becoming carbon neutral by 2038

•  Achieving a recycling rate of more than 50 per cent, with zero waste going to landfill

•  Opening the Manchester Fuel Cell Innovation Centre

•  Removing single-use plastic straws and cutlery from catering outlets.

‘Still a lot to do’

Helena Tinker, head of environmental sustainability at MMU, said: “I am thrilled that we’ve improved our performance over the last two years.

“It is our students and the young people of Manchester who are currently leading the debate on climate change, challenging the University to continue to reduce our carbon emissions.

“The University’s staff and students have played a huge part in supporting this journey so far. However, there is still a lot to do as we transition to zero carbon.”

The next-highest ranking university in the North West was the University of Central Lancashire (42nd), which was the only other in the region to rank within the top 50.



Posted under General Interest and Public / Government / Charity on 7 August 2019