The partnership aims to use research, data, and innovation to reduce Scotland’s carbon footprint 

Date posted

25 June 2024


Edinburgh Napier University has signed up to Scotland Beyond Net Zero, an ambitious new climate and sustainability partnership aiming to accelerate Scotland's transition to a post-net-zero future.

Scotland Beyond Net Zero brings together climate and sustainability experts from Scotland’s universities, harnessing research, data, and innovation to reduce Scotland’s carbon footprint and support the country in achieving Net Zero by 2045.

This partnership marks the latest commitment to sustainability from Edinburgh Napier University. The University’s core strategy includes a commitment to achieving net zero carbon in its operations by 2030, minimising its wider and legacy carbon footprint, and promoting sustainable practices within and beyond its campuses.

ENU’s sustainability goals include the work of academic, research, professional, and community-based expertise, to lead and encourage climate action.The Scotland Beyond Net Zero logo

In addition to being named as the top university in Scotland for environmental sustainability and ethics by the People and Planet University League in 2021 and 2022, the University was recently recognised by the Times Higher Education Impact Rankings 2024 for its progress in several key areas of sustainable development.

Following an evaluation against the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Edinburgh Napier scored 76.1 out of 100, achieving an overall rank of 301-400 out of 1,963 participating institutions.

Professor Nick Antonopoulos, Deputy Vice Chancellor and Vice Principal of Research & Innovation, said: “We have a strong history of enhancing environmental sustainability within and beyond the University, and have embedded fundamental and far-reaching environmental sustainability commitments within our core University Strategy.

"As an academic, research, professional, and community-focused organisation, we acknowledge our collective accountability and responsibility to mitigate existing and future impacts while recognising our historical impact.

"The collaborative partnership at the heart of Scotland Beyond Net Zero will help us drive results, facilitate meaningful action, and ensure Scotland plays a valuable role in tackling the impact of climate change, both at regional and global levels.”