How ambitious is your institution's plan to tackle climate change?

University of Glasgow

Institution type: 
Mission group: 
Russell group

Score breakdown:

Target type: 
Net zero

This is the type of target the institution has set. The ideal target type is zero or net zero.

Commitment year: 

This is the year by which the institution aims to reach the above target. The earlier the date, the more ambitious the target.


Scopes are the sectors that the institution's target covers in its target. Scope 1 is emissions from direct activity by the institution, scope 2 is the indirect emissions from energy generation and Scope 3 is all other indirect emissions. The ideal carbon target scope is 1, 2 & 3.

Science based approach: 

Institutions using a Science based approach - using the Science Based Target Initiative methodology - gain points here as we believe taking a Science based approach will mean the target and accompanying action plan are achievable and effective.

Action Plan: 

An ideal carbon target is accompanied by a comprehensive action plan that helps ensure this target is met. This should include a planned emission reduction curve.

Student and staff representation: 

Targets should be developed alongside input from student and staff representatives. This could be students and/or students' unions, and staff and/or trade unions. This allows key stakeholders to influence ambitious target setting.

All covered scopes

Offsetting is a way of compensating for emissions by participating in, or funding, efforts to take carbon out of the atmosphere. Best practice is limiting offsetting to unavoidable scope 3 emissions. Unscored.

Credible offsetting: 

Credible offsetting is defined as either using Gold standard-accredited schemes for market based approaches or locally-developed alternatives where carbon is reasonably priced. Unscored.