29 October 2020
SOAS University of London has ranked high in the Uswitch University Report 2020.
Scoring positively in three requirements to be considered a leader in sustainable energy, SOAS has proven to be doing better than 50% of UK universities.
The report cited SOAS as having “one of the most diverse set of initiatives, with on-site solar panels, as well as community energy schemes and future plans to replace their heating network and work towards carbon zero solutions.”
Sarah Broomfield, energy expert at Uswitch.com, commented on the positive news of universities:
“It’s great to see that some universities are going above and beyond when it comes to sustainability. Having renewable installations on campus and schemes in place to produce more of their own renewable energy shows that they are leading by example in trying to achieve net-zero carbon emissions. While not every university will have the same financial resources to generate their own power, it’s good to see that they are willing to “go green” by choosing a renewable energy tariff from their supplier.”
SOAS ranked 2nd in the UK and joint 32nd in the world for the UN Sustainable Development Goal “Climate Action” in the Times Higher Education University Impact Rankings 2020.
In November 2019, SOAS formed the Climate Action Group (CAG) to work on furthering reduce our environmental footprint, including by developing a meat-free and plastic water bottle-free campus, using Skype for first round interviews to level the playing field for candidates and reduce travel-related emissions, themed events, and integrating sustainability and climate change issues into teaching and training across the School.