RGU Net Zero


RGU Net Zero

RGU is committed to supporting the Scottish Government’s ambition to achieve net zero emissions by 2045. RGU Net Zero is the university’s framework to deliver its commitment through its operations, academic offer and its thriving innovation environment.

RGU Net Zero actions for next 3 years

Net Zero Campus

RGU Campus & Transport

  • Identify options to decarbonize RGU heat demand
  • Reduce water consumption
  • Incentivise use of car sharing and low carbon transport
  • Improve uptake in use of active travel (walking & cycling)
  • Reduce need and impact of business travel
  • Increase focus on carbon footprint in each of our contracts

Academic offer

RGU Course Portfolio 

  • Include net zero narrative in RGU courses and programmes

RGU R&D Portfolio

  • Rebalance R&D portfolio towards net zero activities
  • Include net zero focus in the National Subsea Centre

Thought leadership and Innovation

RGU Thought Leadership

  • RGU staff and student contribution to global, national and regional net zero activities and events

RGU Accelerator Programme

  • Increase number of companies focused on net zero
  • Focus events and master classes on net zero agenda

RGU UK Offshore Energy Workforce Review

The combination of COVID-19, the energy transition, technology & innovation and changing industry dynamics is fundamentally re-shaping the future of the UK’s energy sector.

With over £170 billion projected to be invested on capital and operating activities in the UK offshore energy sector between 2021 and 2030 (including on oil and gas, offshore wind, carbon capture utilisation and storage (CCUS) and hydrogen), there will be many new opportunities for the UK offshore energy workforce.

The RGU UK Offshore Energy Workforce Transferability Review highlights that around 200,000 skilled people are projected to be required in the UK offshore energy industry to ensure delivery in 2030. The review also envisages that the offshore energy workforce mix is expected to change significantly, with jobs in the offshore renewables sector increasing from 20% of the sector’s roles in 2021 to c. 65% by 2030.

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RGU Net Zero

Working in collaboration with students and staff, RGU aims to significantly reduce RGU’s emissions from energy, transport and consumables, while factoring recycling and building sustainability into all our future decisions.

Academic Offer

RGU will embed sustainability and net zero principles and practices in our future course, degree and research portfolio.

Thought Leadership & Innovation

Building on our extensive experience in the energy sector, RGU will continue to be a key voice in the climate change and net zero debate. RGU will develop its thought leadership and innovation agenda focused on supporting the delivery of our net zero ambitions.

Professor Steve Olivier
The evidence on climate change is clear and undisputed. RGU has a duty to act and to help build a better world. Our sustainability framework, RGU Net Zero, sets out our action plan through our campus activities, our academic offer and through our thought leadership and innovation.
Prof. Steve Olivier - Principal and Vice Chancellor
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