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Embedding sustainability in everything we do

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) is proud to be sponsoring the Green Gown Awards UK & Ireland.

UKRI invests over £7 billion in research and innovation each year to help meet tomorrow’s challenges today. We bring about a positive impact in our society, economy and the environment through creating new knowledge and driving innovation. We work in partnership with universities, research organisations, businesses, charities, and government to create the best possible environment for research and innovation to flourish.

UKRI recognises that we are in a period of unprecedented environmental change and societal expectation. Positive action is needed to address the environmental sustainability challenges we now face, including climate change and deforestation.

Research and innovation plays a critical part in ensuring we understand how our planet is changing, as well as helping us to act responsibly to protect and promote our environment. We recognise that the activity we undertake and fund has its own impact on the environment which we must understand and address.

This is the focus of the UKRI Environmental Sustainability Strategy.

Our strategy sets out how we will protect and enhance the environment across our investments and operations, while ensuring that the research and innovation we support stays at the cutting-edge. It will ensure environmental sustainability is factored into how we make investment decisions, including through the UKRI funding service and how we operate as an organisation.

We will draw on a wealth of research and skills to ensure that as an organisation and as a funder we make a positive contribution to tackling global environmental sustainability issues through how we act as an organisation as well as through our research and innovation outputs.