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Cranfield University
Description/achievement of initiative

Energy, Environmental Technology and Agrifood are key strategic themes at Cranfield, a leading postgraduate University in the UK. We have been contributing to the green economy for over 40 years with deep expertise in environmental governance and sustainability, natural resource management, agriculture and land management, energy and the environment, environmental engineering for the treatment of water, wastes and contaminated soils and environmental health and food. With respect to our own environmental performance and footprint, the Board for Energy & Environment (BEE) reports to the University Executive and Council on energy and environmental issues.

Implementation methodologies

Our science for the green economy is the University initiative bringing together our sustainability offer across technology and leadership. With contributions from across the University Themes, and with a distinctive practical tone for business, Government and the NGO sector, implementation is being effected through the Corporate Plan and the constituent Academic Plans of the Schools and Themes. Local delivery of the business occurs through academic centres and institutes at Cranfield. We have major sub-initiatives on corporate governance, infrastructure, big data, environmental risk, water and sanitation, low carbon energy futures and food security.

Arrangements for Capacity-Building and Technology Transfer

Coordination mechanisms/governance structure

A core mission for the University is to train and educate the next generation of sustainability leaders. With contributions from across the University in the broad themes of technology and management, the University is sharpening its global offer to postgraduate students to ensure a deep and practical awareness of the sustainable development goals and their significance. Coordination of the University research and training is provided by the University Executive, the Pro-Vice-Chancellor of Energy, Environment and Agrifood and through the senior leadership of Directors of Themes, for Energy, Environment and Agrifood. Less concerned with natural resources as assets for their own sake, we are motivated by practical innovation, resource stewardship in the interests of business and society, and the delivery of robust evidence that impacts on the triple bottom line and that informs legitimate policy and regulatory design.


Cranfield University
Progress reports
Goal 2
Goal 5
Goal 6
Goal 7
Goal 9
Goal 15
Goal 17
January 2016
Science for the green economy, national conference
Staff / Technical expertise
1560 staff dedicated to postgraduate education across technology and management, with 220 dedicated staff in the field of energy, environment and agrifood

Basic information
Time-frame: August 2014 - August 2019
Cranfield University
Contact information
Professor Simon Pollard, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, School of Energy, Environment and Agrifood, s.pollard@cranfield.ac.uk
United Nations