University of Cambridge to completely cut carbon emission and what it means for living in Cambridge

University of Cambridge to completely cut carbon emission and what it means for living in Cambridge

University of Cambridge to completely cut carbon emission and what it means for living in Cambridge

As @CambridgeIndy says, “Cambridge is the first university in the world to announce a ‘1.5 degrees’ target, based on goals set out in the 2015 Paris Agreement to limit the rise in global temperatures.” 

This landmark decision has set a precedent for all other top-flight universities and placed Cambridge right at the forefront of the fight against climate change.

This decision has a number of real-world consequences for those living in Cambridge. Although not all these consequences are yet known, the university has put forward several ideas for curbing its carbon emissions and saving energy. Keep reading to find out more.



Although the UK may not be the sunniest part of the world, we can still harvest a significant amount of energy from the sun’s rays. As part of its drive to cut emissions, the University of Cambridge is looking into installing solar panels on university land and using the energy produced to power its colleges. 

Residents living in Cambridge are likely to see several installations of solar panels around the city and may even see the scheme expanded if it proves to be a success.



A significant amount of the energy used by the university throughout the year goes on heating. Reducing the amount of energy it uses for heating will help the university to reduce emissions and meet its ambitious targets. 

Researchers have already begun looking at ways to minimise the amount of gas and electricity it uses – with improved insulation and alternative fuel sources both possible solutions to the problem.

Solar energy
Cambridge University

Creating a green supply chain

As well as reducing its direct emissions, the University of Cambridge also aims to reduce emissions in its supply chain. To help meet these targets, the university will encourage its suppliers to use renewable fuel sources and green alternatives wherever possible. It will also try to use suppliers that already place an emphasis on green fuels and processes and that have a commitment to lowering emissions. 

As a result, a number of companies in Cambridge are likely to become greener over the next few years – something that’s good news for the health of the city.


Business travel

As a world-famous institution, the University of Cambridge often sends academics to events around the world. As part of its efforts to curb its carbon emissions, the university will look at alternative, greener forms of transport. 

This might include using a train instead of a plane or a bus instead of a car. In some cases, academics may even be able to use pedal power to get to local events and slash their carbon footprint in the process.

With the University of Cambridge leading the way in the fight against climate change, the city is set to become a beacon for other towns and universities around the country. Find out more about life in Cambridge by exploring our site or getting in touch with a member of our team.