Aerial view of scenic Greenland Glaciers and icebergs

Taking action on climate change

Discover how we're working to tackle climate change through our research, innovation and teaching

The future of our planet and the place we call home is at stake. We're facing catastrophic change to our climate and environment if we don’t reverse the damage we've inflicted on the Earth.

The success of the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) is crucial in creating the ambitious action we need to prevent global temperatures rising above 1.5C and to protect our planet and people from the intensifying impact of climate change.

Through our teaching and Sustainability and the Environment research, we're pioneering ways of addressing the climate crisis. Our research is informing global policy to help mitigate and adapt to the impacts of climate change. We're developing low carbon technologies and green infrastructure. And examining the impact of plastics and pharmaceuticals so we can support the restoration of ecological systems and biodiversity.

Sustainability is also an integral part of our strategy – we aim to become climate positive by 2030.

Plastics worsen climate change

The impacts of plastic pollution are well known. But plastic contributes to another, less visible, environmental problem — climate change. Find out how our Revolution Plastics initiative is taking action.

 

  • By 2050, it is estimated that the plastics industry will consume 20% of total oil production, and 15% of the annual carbon budget.
  • Plastic pollution reduces the resilience of communities and the natural world to cope with climate change.
  • Plastic pollution is making the impact of climate change worse.

Revolution Plastics Institute

From combatting microplastics to analysing plastic policies around the globe, we’re putting our research into practice, working with local groups, organisations, businesses and individuals to solve the planet's plastic problem.

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Research centres

These research centres bring together expertise and resources from across the University to tackle climate change and other pressing environmental issues.

Centre for Blue Governance

We're committed to the protection, restoration and sustainable governance of our aquatic environments

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Centre for Applied Geosciences

At the Centre for Applied Geosciences, we're investigating natural and manmade hazards and geo-heritage conservation.

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Centre for Enzyme Innovation

At the Centre for Enzyme Innovation, we are working to solve one of the most pressing environmental issues facing our planet.

 

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Research features

We create world-leading research of the highest quality that has local, national and global impact. Explore some of our climate change research features below.

Using maths to help tackle climate change

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Showing how a low carbon economy can flourish

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From rags to environmental riches

Dr Elaine Igoe explains how we’re making fashion more sustainable through our teaching, design and research.

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Driving us closer to greener transport

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Britain's burning question

Dr Mark Hardiman is exploring what sort of wildfires Britain can expect from global warming.

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Control systems are integrating renewable energy with the power grid

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Current and recent research projects

  • MaCoBioS

    The Marine Coastal Ecosystems Biodiversity and Services in a Changing World project's chief objective is to ensure the efficient and integrated management and conservation strategies to help the most-important marine coastal ecosystems to face climate change.

  • PO1 Sustainable Fashion and Textiles

    The PO1 research project aims to create a sustainable fashion system that minimises waste and benefits our students, the environment and the local economy.

  • Solarise

    The objective of the SOLARISE project is to facilitate the deployment and adoption of solar electricity/heat generation in the 2 Seas region.

  • PlastiCity

    The PlastiCity project will carry out a study on the compositions and quantities of industrial and commercial plastic waste in the urban environment, and to develop strategies and solutions that can increase recycling in urban environments from 20–30% to over 50%.

Sustainability at Portsmouth

The future of our planet is in everyone's hands and we're doing all we can to help. We're aiming for sustainability across all our activities and working towards a low-carbon future. We're continually improving our sustainability practices to minimise our impact on the environment.

News, events, and blogs

Find our more about our latest sustainability research successes, our upcoming climate change events, and read blogs by our academics.

News

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Climate Crisis Research gets funding boost

12 July 2024

Climate Crisis Research gets funding boost
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University of Portsmouth honours inspirational people at this year’s graduation ceremonies

12 July 2024

University of Portsmouth honours inspirational people at this year’s graduation ceremonies
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Scientists search for dogs who can understand 20 objects by name

11 July 2024

Scientists search for dogs who can understand 20 objects by name
Graduation

Portsmouth ranked 27th for teaching among English universities

10 July 2024

Portsmouth ranked 27th for teaching among English universities
An artist’s impression of the new dinosaur species

Research reveals the most complete dinosaur discovered in the UK in a Century

10 July 2024

Research reveals the most complete dinosaur discovered in the UK in a Century

Blogs

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Podcast interviewees Oscar Karlsson (left) and Dr Tomas Nilson (right)

Extraordinary logistics for D-Day and new maritime projects discussed in podcast

Guy Collender

Extraordinary logistics for D-Day and new maritime projects discussed in podcast
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Will Joe Biden step down? An expert Q&A

Dafydd Townley

Will Joe Biden step down? An expert Q&A
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British jails are at a breaking point – here’s how the Dutch halved their prison population

Francis Pakes

British jails are at a breaking point – here’s how the Dutch halved their prison population
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Pint of Science 2024: my experience as a volunteer

Pint of Science 2024: my experience as a volunteer
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How to apply through Clearing

How to apply through Clearing

Life Solved

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What happened during the fourth session of the Global Plastics Treaty?

What happened during the fourth session of the Global Plastics Treaty?

What happened during the fourth session of the Global Plastics Treaty?
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Life onboard a ship in the Southern Ocean for science

Life onboard a ship in the Southern Ocean for science
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Will architecture save the world?

Will architecture save the world?
The unstoppable evolution of the English language

The unstoppable evolution of the English language

The unstoppable evolution of the English language
Rowing boat on the Thames river

Sport saving our seas

Sport saving our seas