Teesside University Sustainability

Business • Stockton-on-Tees

Driving sustainability as part of a net zero innovation hub and in a national centre of excellence for net-zero technologies, addressing the climate crisis through industry partnerships, skills development and research.

Teesside University Sustainability story

Teesside University places sustainability at the heart of its operations, from infrastructure developments on campus to research on energy efficiency, clean energy and the green transition. This sustainability drive has seen the University reduce its carbon emissions by almost a third, as well as reduce water usage by 142,000 cubic metres and achieve Ecocampus Gold status. The University holds several other accreditations, including Fairtrade status; Zero Waste to Landfill; and ranks 12th in the UK in the Green Metric World University Ranking on Sustainability.

The University recognises that they must do more and are currently working on targets for substantially reducing their carbon footprint; further investment to deliver a step change in the sustainability of their estate; and a wider approach to engaging their communities through the ethos of co-commitment.

In June 2023, Teesside University opened the new Net Zero Industry Innovation Centre (NZIIC). Based at Teesside Advanced Manufacturing Park, the £13 million site is intended to act as a national centre of excellence for net-zero technologies, addressing the climate crisis through industry partnerships, skills development and research. NZIIC is part of an even bigger Net Zero Innovation Hub that is bringing together expert insight, resources and partnerships to grow net zero capabilities and opportunities, helping to create hundreds more clean energy jobs.

Useful learnings from Teesside University Sustainability

Putting sustainability at the core is integral to the university's 'future facing learning framework' that encourages students to become socially and ethically engaged. Focusing on research and innovation that shape the future without taking responsibility for their environmental impact today would undermine the university's ethos and ambition to make a real difference in the lives of people.

The NZIIC will be industry-led and industry-focused in its approach, working with business partners and key organisations in developing new approaches to tackle the impact of waste and pollution on the environment. This co-creation is an essential element to overall success as it utilises partners' expertise in industrial decarbonisation, sustainable processes and the circular economy.

Teesside University Sustainability metrics

Reducing the university's carbon footprint.
Increasing the sustainability of the university's campus and facilities.
Engaging communities and industry partners.

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Response to climate crisis

Mitigation & Adaptation




Business, 250 to 10,000 people

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North East and Yorkshire Net Zero Hub

Updated Feb, 2024

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