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Our Sustainability Policies

We are committed to delivering solutions to the Net Zero transition and are well-placed to contribute to delivering solutions in the broad areas of energy, food, health and wellbeing, social impact and water. 

 

Staff Training on our Policies

Durham University provides equality of opportunity, values diversity and promotes a holistic ethical culture of diversity and inclusion. Training on sustainability and our core values is provided to staff at all levels. This includes, inter alia, mandatory training such as specific modules on tackling unconscious bias, for staff involved in recruitment panels and staff serving on progression and promotion committees.

 

Net Zero Commitment

As part of our Strategy Refresh, Durham University has adopted a new Sustainability Strategy and Biodiversity Strategy and publicly committed to reaching Net Zero, in our Ambition Statement of 2023. Our vision is to ensure that Durham University delivers its mission of excellence in education, research and wider student experience in the most sustainable way possible. We will reduce our greenhouse gas emissions (Scope 1 and 2) to achieve Net Zero by 2035, or before. This target represents a Science Based Target and is aligned with the long-term goals of the Paris Agreement to limit global warming to well below 2°C above preindustrial levels and pursue efforts to limit warming to 1.5°C. In addition, we set ourselves an ambitious target that tackles, as quickly as possible, our Scope 3 emissions – with a long-term objective of striving to achieve Absolute Zero emissions by 2050.

Energy Management & Water Reuse

Durham University's policy on the reuse of water substantiates our mission to make Durham one of the most environmentally sustainable universities in the UK. To achieve this goal will require us to clearly demonstrate that our energy consumption and reuse of water lead to achieving sustainable practices that can be promoted to our stakeholders, occupants and local communities

Our vision is to ensure that Durham University delivers its mission of excellence in education, research and wider student experience in the most sustainable way possible. We will reduce our greenhouse gas emissions (Scope 1 and 2) to achieve Net Zero by 2035, or before.

Our Net Zero Commitment
As part of our Strategy Refresh

Explore our policies

Find out more about our sustainability policies.

Anti-Bribery and Fraud Prevention Policy

Explore our Anti-Bribery and Fraud Prevention Policy (PDF).
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Disability Support at Durham

Explore Disability Support at Durham University.
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Enhancing Biodiversity at Durham

Explore Enhancing Biodiversity at Durham (PDF).
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Environmental Sustainability Vision, Policy and Strategy

Explore our Environmental Sustainability Vision, Policy and Strategy.
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Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Policy

Explore our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Policy (PDF).
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Ethical Investment Policy

Explore our Ethical Investment Policy (PDF).
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Sustainable Procurement Policy

Explore our Sustainable Procurement Policy (PDF).
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Waste Management Strategy

Explore our Waste Management Strategy (PDF).
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Carbon Management Plan

Explore our Carbon Management Plan (PDF).
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Staff Concerns Policy

Explore our Staff Concerns Policy (PDF).
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Engagement and Communication Strategy

The aim of this Engagement and Communications Strategy is to detail how we achieve active commitment from every member of the University community.
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Maternity Leave and Pay Policy

This document provides support to both employees and managers in understanding Durham University’s Maternity Leave and Pay arrangements.
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Open Access for Research Freedom Policy

Our Open Access Policy: We committed to sharing the findings of our world-class research as widely as possible to enhance its use and impact.
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Flexible Working Policy

The Right to Request Flexible Working Policy
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Energy Management & Water Reuse Policy

The reuse of water through technology innovation & collaborative working remains pivotal to ensuring the optimum use of water is maintained & reused across the University
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Public Interest Disclosure Policy (Whistleblowing)

Whistleblowing is the disclosure of information which relates to suspected wrongdoing or dangers at work or study.
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