University of Hull boosts carbon ambitions with £86m investment

Investing in sustainable facilities and infrastructure will help the university’s bid to have a carbon neutral campus by 2027

The University of Hull has boosted its aim of becoming a carbon neutral campus by 2027 with the securing of £86m of green funding to invest in sustainable facilities and infrastructure.

Three UK and US institutional investors have supplied the private placement funding, which will be invested in new carbon-efficient and carbon-neutral buildings, together with extra renewable energy and digital infrastructure.

“As students look increasingly to universities to take a leading role in tackling the climate crisis, this investment demonstrates to our current and prospective students that we are leading the way in the fight against climate change through the introduction of competitive, cutting-edge and sustainable campus infrastructure,” said Professor Susan Lea, vice-chancellor at the University of Hull.

Moves to become more carbon efficient are sector-wide, of course. Last November, the London School of Economics claimed to have become the first carbon-neutral university in the UK.

This investment demonstrates to our students that we are leading the way in the fight against climate change – Prof Susan Lea, Hull uni VC

Hull claims that its development will enable it to remain globally competitive on research and innovation, especially in areas related to environmental sustainability and social justice.

The surrounding environs, adjacent to the North Sea, play host to leading players in the offshore wind manufacturing industry.

“All universities need to invest in their facilities to stay at the forefront of research, teaching and innovation within this challenging landscape,” added Lea.

“This funding and the subsequent developments will enable the university to focus on upgrading facilities that are key to our long-term strategy and our sense of place, allowing us to carry out world-leading research into climate and health inequalities and providing students with the green skills to contribute to the UK’s net-zero ambitions.”

Lloyds Bank was responsible for arranging the funding.

“Its impact and benefits will be felt across the whole of the region, and we look forward to working with [the University of Hull] on this in the coming years,” said Andrew Connors, head of higher education at the bank.

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