Cambridge University Press & Assessment recognises the climate emergency and our responsibility to act. Our role as a leader in global education and research is to inform and progress action and debate around the world’s most pressing challenges, including the environment and climate change.
We are committed to being carbon zero on all energy-related emissions by 2048, with a 72 per cent reduction by 2030. We've set science-based targets for our UK electricity, gas and fleet emissions (scopes 1 & 2) and are working on science-based targets for other indirect emissions across the entire value chain such as purchased products, travel, transport and waste (scope 3).Find out more in our annual report
Responsible use of resources
Alongside reducing our carbon, we have identified the need to reduce our use of paper and plastic as well as water use and potential contamination. We are also actively reducing our waste. Our main waste contractor for our Cambridge sites sends nothing to landfill, processing recycling and food waste sustainably and using any other waste to generate greener energy.
Transport and travel
We've reduced the number of fleet cars and average miles travelled and added electric car charging points in the UK. We encourage sustainable commuting by bicycle, public transport and car sharing globally. We have set targets to reduce corporate travel emissions by 25 percent by 2030 through budgetary incentives and maintaining a hybrid working approach.
In the last financial year we reduced our UK electricity and gas emissions by 7 percent (scopes 1 and 2 of the greenhouse gas protocol). Our strategic approach to reducing our energy use and carbon emissions involves switching to greener heating and cooling systems, using more renewable energy sources, using our sites efficiently as well as actively encouraging our team to adopt energy-efficient practices.
Many of our authors are at the forefront of climate science, and our publishing ranges from scientific research to general books from some of the world’s highest-profile climate activists.
Some of our key climate and sustainability titles include:
The Citizen’s Guide to Climate Success: Overcoming Myths that Hinder Progress by Mark Jaccard Named one of the best books of 2020 for environment in the Financial Times.
There is No Planet B by Mike Berners-Lee ‘Mike doesn’t preach, instead he shares his insights with warmth and wit, and his book could not be more timely.’ David Shukman, BBC Science Editor.
An open access journal dedicated to supporting the rapidly expanding area of global sustainability research. It publishes interdisciplinary research, reviews and commentaries that explore human social and economic pressures and sustainable solutions.
Read a free sample of our climate change and environment content
Please click the link below to read some of our sample content relating to climate change and the environment.
Many of our environmental and earth sciences titles have won a range of prestigious awards, with the most recent ones listed in our latest annual report.
Our qualifications and assessments
Our content is being systematically updated or built into syllabuses, curricula and support materials to help teachers to bring environmental sustainability topics into the classroom.
Cambridge Learner Attributes is designed to recognise students’ need to develop attitudes and life skills throughout their education
Global Perspectives series across early years, lower secondary, IGCSE and AS and A Level.
CELTA and DELTA, benchmark qualifications for teaching English overseas, help more people access the language of climate change and sustainability.
Our UK exam board OCR is working on a new GCSE in Natural History and we also have plans for vocational qualifications.
Accreditation and awards
The passion, energy and commitment of our colleagues has resulted in external recognition from accrediation to international standards to an array of sustainability awards for Cambridge University Press & Assessment.
ISO14001 environmental management
We achieved ISO14001 certification again after an external audit in May 2022, having first achieved the international standard in 2007. To be certified to ISO14001 standard – which meets international best practice – an organisation has to prove it has considered its impact on the environment, has plans, leadership and sufficient resources in place to improve its environmental performance, and that it monitors and documents its performance to ensure it can continually improve.
IPG Sustainability Award winners
Cambridge University Press won the Independent Publishers Guild Sustainability Award two years in a row, which recognised the concrete actions we have taken to make our operations more sustainable, as well as the powerful combination of our climate change and sustainability publishing, and the energy and enthusiasm of our colleagues. We were proud to be a finalist again in 2022.
Green Impact Awards
In 2022, we achieved a Platinum Green Impact award for our UK operations in recognition of extensive efforts to promote sustainability practises at work, Silver for our Cape Town team and bronze for Madrid. Two colleagues achieved special awards, one for environment improvement for bringing our on-site allotment back in to use; and for colleagues who organise monthly climate cafes. Cambridge Assessment has previously won the Platinum Award and Cambridge University Press's environment action group gained a Bronze Award for their work to reduce the environmental footprint of University Printing House. And in a global first, colleagues in our Madrid hub were awarded the ‘Working Towards Bronze’ award.
In 2019 the Press gained the top Timber Scorecard rating from World Wildlife Fund – a prestigious 3 Trees score recognising our work to make sure we source sustainable timber. We went from a 0 Tree score in 2015 to 3 Trees in 2019. The scheme has been discontinued.