On 23 September 2022, more than 80 UK organisations will be signalling their support for the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The SDGs, reflect a shared objective and ambition across all countries to end poverty and hunger everywhere, to combat inequalities within and among countries, to build peaceful, just, and inclusive societies, to protect human rights and promote gender equality of women and girls, and to ensure a lasting protection of the planet and its natural resources by 2030.
Queen's has made a commitment to implement the SDGs within Strategy 2030.
As a global institution, we have a major role to play in making a positive impact in our environment.
Our Strategy 2030 sets out how we will embed the UN Sustainable Development Goals across all our activities, from research and education to adopting a leadership role in the promotion of the SDGs, and leading by example in areas such as equality, diversity and inclusion, sustainable procurement and a commitment to disinvestment from fossil fuels.
We are a signatory to the UN Accord, which recognises the key role that global universities have in nurturing a culture of sustainability and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030 through research and education.
We are committed to embedding them in every aspect of our activity.
We are committed to reducing our environmental impact and we are currently developing the next stage of our carbon strategy.
- Over £10 million has been invested to date in over 80 energy efficiency projects
- Increasing sustainable travel including substantial provision of cycle parking, lockers and changing facilities, public transport incentives, bike sales and cycle to work scheme
- Enabling and empowering our University community to take action
- Enhancing biodiversity across campus and creating a home for wildlife
- A range of initiatives across the University to minimise waste and increase recycling
- Sustainable design principles and practices are embedded within our construction projects
- All aiming to reach net-zero carbon emissions as soon as possible
Queen’s has a proud history of conducting innovative, impactful and world-leading research that has positively changed people’s lives.
Our researchers work across disciplines and sectors to address local and global challenges, incorporating the UN Sustainable Development Goals, and driving real-world impact in climate change.
Our strategic research themes focus on:
• A transformative and sustainable economy
• Secure connected intelligence – AI and the data revolution
• Healthy living for all
• Human environment relations
• Inclusive and cohesive communities
We prepare our students for leadership and citizenship in a global society, committed to sustainability and social responsibility.
Our educational programmes are increasingly focused on embracing the ethos of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals at a local, national and global level.
By supporting meaningful engagement between students, research leaders and innovators, we equip students with the skills to improve lives for future generations.
The University is committed to supporting SDGs through wellbeing policies and programmes for staff and students, to assist them with their physical, emotional and mental wellbeing.
A range of programmes have been delivered throughout the year including WOW events (Wellbeing on Weekday) for students and Lunch and Learn sessions for staff.
Locally our staff and students have been working on a wide range of programmes within our community to embed the SDGs.
Taking direction from our Social Charter we work with a range of community organisations through our Science Shop, bring our students and the community together through our volunteer programmes and provide funding to bring the green ideeas of staff and students to life.
Staff across the University share a range of expertise and perspectives related to Sustainability.
From our natural environment, creating safe and secure agri-food systems, to assessing the way in which our built environment interacts with the natural world, or in the manner in which we build and maintain truly livable communities and societies, Queen’s researchers are at the forefront of innovative, future focused solutions that aim to make our footprint lighter, both on earth and beyond.
Queen’s University Belfast are committed to progressing positive sustainability change within Queen’s campus and beyond.
To achieve sustainability action, staff and student support is needed throughout campus, within teaching, research, operations and the students’ union.
On this page we have included information on those groups, staff and students who are key to decision-making and the delivery of key sustainability strategies and initiatives.