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Cardiff Met tops green league in Wales as People and Planet name most sustainable universities in the UK

News | 9 December 2021

Three students walking outdoors, on-campus

Cardiff Metropolitan University is celebrating after climbing 63 places in the independent sustainability league table People & Planet 2021, being named joint 5th in the UK in the annual green league. 

In the only comprehensive and independent league table of UK universities ranked by environmental and ethical performance, Cardiff Met ranked top in Wales in the annual People & Planet University League, compiled by the UK’s largest student campaigning network, People & Planet. The league covers high level policy, curriculum innovation and student development, as well as practical impacts such as carbon reduction, waste and food.

With a strong track record for sustainable initiatives across the university, Cardiff Met’s leap in the rankings is underpinned by good practice in all areas of environmental management. 

Improvements in all areas as a direct result of a university-wide approach to sustainability has seen the institution building on the good practice found in the 2019 league table, with staff and students coming together to improve environmental management across the institution. 

Sustainability Engagement Manager, Rachel Roberts, said: “It’s encouraging to see our work over the last two years have such an impact on our standing in this league. 

“What’s important now is that we continue this momentum and build on and share our success with others to ensure we can reduce our impact locally and globally and change our behaviours for good.”

Cardiff Met’s President and Vice-Chancellor, Professor Cara Aitchison, said: “People and Planet work within our wider values-driven approach that led to us recently being awarded the title of THE UK and Ireland University of the Year 2021.

“We are delighted with this result which is the culmination of concerted efforts to improve the University’s ‘green credentials’ as we seek to develop taught programmes in environment, planning and sustainability and develop a Master Plan for our campuses that delivers Net Zero by 2030.”