Glasgow Uni came 84th in the UK university sustainability rankings

The 2021 People and Planet University League was recently published

Glasgow University came 84th in a sustainability league table published by People and Planet.

The recent rankings listed 154 universities in the UK on how sustainable they are, with Manchester Metropolitan University placing first.

The findings show that the majority of UK universities are failing on carbon targets.

Not a single Scottish university made it into the 1st Class Universities table. The highest Scottish placing is Edinburgh Napier University at number 43. This higher score is due to their recent commitment to fully divest from fossil fuels.

Thirty universities completely failed, including the University of Dundee, the University of the Highlands and Islands and Queen Margaret University.

The universities were ranked on various categories including ethical investment, carbon management, sustainable food, engagement, education, energy sources, waste and recycling, carbon reduction and water reduction.

The University of Glasgow received a total score of 40.3%. It scored highest in education and received an 80% score. It also scored highly in ethical investment, workers’ rights and energy sources. It scored lowest in waste and recycling.

Glasgow’s low ranking is disappointing news, especially as only recently the university hosted several COP26 events.

The university was contacted for a comment.

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