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Environment and Sustainability


This document outlines the CEMPS vision: to develop appropriate strategies to support the four institutional goals of: “net zero, data analytics, environmental net gain and top five” in line with the challenges outlined in the University’s Environment and Climate Emergency Working Group White Paper (2019). The timeline for this college vision extends from 2020 to 2030.


We are living amid both an environmental and a climate emergency. The University of Exeter declared an Environment & Climate Emergency on 20th May 2019 and the College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences is uniquely placed to respond to the global challenges we face. The college plays a pivotal role in four of the five interdisciplinary research themes within the University's Science Strategy (climate change and sustainable futures, extrasolar planets, functional materials and systems biology). Climate change is arguably the single most important issue that humanity faces today and there is a strong sense that our efforts will be “too little, too late”. One question for CEMPS to address is whether we further emphasise the theme of climate change and sustainable futures.

Overarching goal

CEMPS aims to be a leader for sustainability and climate change agendas regionally, nationally and internationally. The college will champion the cause set out in the white paper to establish CEMPS as a leader and champion to demonstrate innovation, influence and action. This overarching goal will be realised by focussing on the following key areas:
Establish a keen focus on environmental sustainability throughout all college activity. Integrate strategies for environmental sustainability within strategies for operation, education, research, internalisation and impact. The focus on this agenda will serve to engage all staff, students and stakeholders and will be achieved through both a top down approach and a bottom up approach.
Foster a deeper ethos of collaboration across all aspects of activities. The college will develop a keen focus on cooperation, coordination and communication to empower all stakeholders (staff, students, research and industry partners) both within the college, the university and across institutions to engage with the sustainability agenda to contribute to shared solutions. Promote an ethos of “We’re all in this together”.
Embrace the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The college appreciates the wider aspects and impacts of the sustainability agenda and the need to address the three pillars of sustainability (economic, environmental and social) to lead the step change required. The sustainable development agenda clearly identifies that a keen focus on people, the planet, prosperity, peace and partnership is key to achieve environmental sustainability.

High level strategy to achieve the goals identified above

  • Key energy and emissions priority areas will be identified by the university’s E&CE team.
  • Successive 1 year action plans (APs) will be compiled, managed and monitored by the college based CEMPS E&CE group (CE&CE).
  • Action plans activities will be addressed through engagement of college stakeholders with a keen focus on the following principles “3Is” (Impact, Ideas, Incentives) and “4Cs” (Collaboration, cooperation, coordination and communication).
  • Establish an administrative role within CEMPS to support with engagement of APs, 3Is and 4Cs.
  • Evolve communication platforms to develop awareness and engagement with the CE&CE agenda.


To meet termly initially to report to the College Executive Group

  • Develop and promote best practice in relation to environment and sustainability across all disciplines
  • Develop an Action Plan for promoting environmental and sustainable activities and approaches across the College
  • Provide a forum for College staff to raise any concerns and issues about the Environment and Climate Emergency actions through their representation
  • Develop proposals to promote environmental and sustainable activities and approaches for staff for consideration by the College Executive Group


To ensure there is gender balanced and EDI representation from each discipline:

Mohammad Akrami Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering (Engineering) (Maths)
Bill Barnes Professor of Photonics (Physics and Astronomy)
Rachel Bennett Executive Assistant (Secretary)
John Bruun Lecturer in Mathematics
Peter Cox Professor of Climate System Dynamics (Maths)
Catherine Davies Executive Officer (Professional Services Representative)
Cathy Durston Director of College Operations
Carmen Falagan Rodriguez  ECRN Representative (Penryn)
Emma Heady Impact and Partnership Development Officer
Justin Hinshelwood Senior Lecturer (Engineering)
Katie Lewis ECRN Representative (Streatham)
Wolfram Möbius Lecturer in Physics and Astronomy
Steven Spaull Technical Services BP (Professional Services Representative)
Krasmira Tsaneva-Atanasova Associate Dean for Global (Chair)
Clemens Ullmann CSM Representative
Johan Wahlstrom Lecturer in Computer Science (Computer Science)
Xiaoyu Yan Senior Lecturer in Energy and Environment
Baris Yuce Lecturer in Engineering Management

The College Carbon Scorecards show total and target emissions for the 2019/20 year, along with a breakdown of how emissions are generated.

The Action Plan shows ongoing and completed action items undertaken by the CEMPS E&CE group.

Priority areas identified

  • Embedded procurement emissions
  • Connection to Net Zero research
  • Engagement of Students
  • Coordination of relevant student projects
  • Energy use in CEMPS
  • Travel emissions


The University E&CE SharePoint is the place to find more information, including events, documents, and how you can get involved. Please refer to the image below for a brief overview of the site.

Visit the ‌University Environment & Climate Emergency SharePoint

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