SOAS University of London

SOAS receives ‘upper second class’ award in latest sustainability assessment

6 February 2015

SOAS, University of London has been awarded an ‘upper second class’ in the recent Green League by People and Planet, now ranking the School at 49 out of 151 institutions. This is also a significant improvement from 2013 where SOAS was rated 73rd in the same assessment.

People and Planet, a UK-based student network campaigning to end world poverty with a focus on protecting the environment, scored SOAS 90% for its performance in carbon reduction and 70% for carbon management.  The School was also awarded 85% for professional staff dedicated to environmental management.  

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SOAS has continued to make a significant impact in driving down its energy use and carbon emissions across the estate during the last 12 months. The introduction of two large air handling plants allow for natural ventilation and heat recovery, and have enabled SOAS to reduce energy consumption significantly.

Richard Poulson, Director of Estates and Facilities, said: “SOAS sees the value in external scrutiny of our environmental performance where it can provide objective feedback upon which further improvements can be made. SOAS' performance in the Green League has improved continuously since it was introduced by People and Planet in 2007 and our overall position has risen by 24 places in the last reporting cycle. Our performance in the London region is solid and we are currently 6th out of 30-plus institutions in London. However, we are not complacent. We will continue to seek to improve in these areas and hope this will continue to be reflected by a strong performance in the Green League."