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Environmental sustainability

Delivering our mission of improving health worldwide in a sustainable way

Energy and Carbon Management Plan

In response to the UK Parliament declaring a climate change emergency in May 2019, we began developing a new energy and carbon management plan. Comprehensive actions to reduce emissions are being taken forward by our staff community with the aim of achieving carbon neutrality by 2030.

Buildings and services

Our commitment to continuous environmental improvements through the ISO 14001 environmental management system (EMS) ensures we keep looking at ways of reducing our environmental impacts and carbon emissions resulting from our activities and operations.

In 2019, food served in our cafés and at catered events was redesigned to feature a ‘Planetary Pick’ menu that provides a healthy diet which also minimises environmental damage to our planet.

Alongside these and other efforts, LSHTM jumped 66 places in the People & Planet University League between 2016 to 2019 and is now 52nd out of 154 UK universities for environmental and ethical performance.

The MRC Unit The Gambia at LSHTM is also leading the way in solar power use. Officials from the Gambian Government’s Ministry of Petroleum & Energy and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization attended the historic inauguration of a solar power generation system at MRC Unit The Gambia at LSHTM - the biggest of its kind in The Gambia. It will produce 920 megawatts per annum, reducing energy bills by 25% and cutting 1,250 tons of annual carbon emissions. The initiative was also highlighted by the Gambian Government at COP25 in Madrid.

Research

In 2019, we launched a new Centre on Climate Change and Planetary Health to identify solutions to the impact of environmental change on human health. The Centre builds on 25 years of LSHTM environment-health research, with immediate focus on healthy and sustainable cities of the future, halting the spread of infectious diseases, and food systems that provide healthy and sustainable diets for all. Alongside the MRC Unit The Gambia at LSHTM, the Centre co-hosted the West African Planetary Health Conference in 2020.

Meanwhile, the Planetary Health Network grew to become a community of more than 100 early career researchers across LSHTM, running debates and discussions to collaborate on improving the health of people and the planet.

Policy

Prof Alan Dangour was the specialist advisor to the UK Government’s Environmental Audit Committee for the inquiry on planetary health. The resulting ‘Our Planet, Our Health’ report published by the House of Commons highlighted how climate change could affect the health and well-being of the UK’s population. Contributions were also made by Professor Sir Andy Haines, Professor Charlotte Watts, Professor Chris Whitty and Professor Claire Heffernan.

Dr Rosie Green joined the Advisory and Academic Panels working on the first citizen's Climate Assembly UK.

    Bloomsbury Greenthing

    LSHTM, Birkbeck and SOAS have a joint sustainability team which dedicated to enhancing environmental improvements across the three partners. Bloomsbury Greenthing is jointly funded by all three  institutes and work programmes are agreed annually based on the projects under development and other marketing, awareness raising and training needs. This includes enhancing improvements across the institutions inclusive of sustainability projects within the estates and maintenance teams.

    Learn more about Bloomsbury Colleges Environmental Sustainability (pdf).

     

    infographic image of sustainability statistics from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine