What we do

What LSE is doing to reduce its environmental impacts

LSE is strongly committed to environmental sustainability, and it is a key principle of both the LSE 2030 Strategy and Ethics Code. In 2005 the School adopted its first Environmental Sustainability Policy, setting objectives to continually improve environmental performance. Since then LSE has gone from strength to strength, incorporating sustainability into all areas of its activities.  

LSE has committed to becoming a net zero carbon emissions organisation by 2050, ensure all buildings meet the highest sustainability standards, and minimise waste whilst maximising recycling rates. The School has externally verified Environmental Management System (ISO 14001) and Energy Management System (ISO 50001) which provide the framework to deliver our ambitious targets.

The School provides its students with a strong understanding of sustainable development issues faced by the global community, and undertakes world-leading research on environmental matters, informing public policy at the highest level.


Carbon footprint


Reducing the School's carbon footprint. 





Operate a highly energy efficient estate and adopt renewable energy sources.



Waste & Recycling

Waste and Resources 

Reduce waste and adopt circular economy principles of resource management.



Sustainable Buildings

Adopt the highest environmental standards in our construction and refurbishment projects.




Reduce our water consumption on campus and in Halls of Residence.




Responsible Procurement

Make sustainability a key consideration of our purchasing decisions and supplier relationships.


Pollution and air quality

Pollution and Air Quality

Engage with partners to minimise pollution and improve air quality. 


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Responsible Investment

Make sustainability a key part of our investment decisions.



Sustainable Transport

Reduce emissions associated with commuting and business travel.




Enhance biodiversity on the LSE estate by protecting and connecting habitats.



Engagement and Collaboration

Progress the sustainability agenda in close collaboration with the LSE community.



Education for Sustainable Development

Embed sustainability across our teaching and learning experience.