For more than twenty years, our experts have been conducting world-leading interdisciplinary research and translating it into real-world impact that is making a difference. We do this by collaborating with business, influencing national and international policy, and by engaging directly with people and communities who are being affected by environment and climate change to co-create solutions.
Our team includes the UK’s 5 most influential climate scientists, the only UK climate scientists to secure places in in the global top 21 – according to a prestigious new list (Reuters Hot List) and Exeter staff are providing the technical lead for the Government’s 3rd UK Climate Change Risk Assessment. This level of expertise underpins our research across a range of areas including Energy, Marine Health, Biodiversity, Environmental Intelligence and collaboration through a range of institutes and centres including the Global Systems Institute, Environment and Sustainability Institute and Land, Environment, Economics and Policy Institute.
Our research provides a foundation for the South West as a region to be at the forefront of environmental sustainability in the UK and beyond. The UK Government’s Science and Innovation Audit (2017) identified that the region has unparalleled, extensive, and internationally excellent science capability and assets within sustainability and environmental science. There are four times as many environmental scientists in Devon than the rest of the UK and of the 16 most cited climate scientists in the world, 8 are in the UK and 4 of these are at Exeter.
Almost one-third of the UK’s major environmental research organisations are based in the South West and our stunning natural surroundings and resources provide ample inspiration for our work. Since 2010, the University of Exeter along with our partners have directly supported over 1,000 businesses in environmental science and sustainability related sectors.
Beyond our research, our wide range of innovative and thought-provoking courses are teaching and inspiring thousands of students to become the next generation of leaders that will embrace the challenges that lie ahead. Exeter is also putting its research leadership in climate change at the heart of its own strategy. The University has created an innovative plan to cut emissions and improve the environment on its campuses and beyond; reducing emissions by 30% by 2025 (relative to 2018/19) – then 100% of scope 1, 2 and 3 emissions by 2050 at the latest. The plan – which earned Exeter the sustainability prize in the 2020 Guardian University Awards – relies on evidence, transparency and partnerships.
But we know that all of this is not yet enough. We must and will do more to secure our future in the next decade through partnerships, skills and knowledge exchange. At the University of Exeter, we have defined the challenge. And we deliver the solutions. Join us to build a sustainable, green future.