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  Climate Week

It's time for change... What will yours be?

Climate Week Scotland runs from Monday 7 - Sunday 13 October 2019 and we want to celebrate our Edinburgh Napier successes so far and show our commitment to further improvement with a week of events, initiatives and awareness-raising activities involving our whole university community.

See below for what we've got planned and the various ways you can get involved, and remember to follow @SustainableENU​ on Twitter to keep up-to-date with all the latest news and events.


Watch our Climate Week video​ to see what kind of things you could do around campus to show your support. Plus, if you share what you're doing for Climate Week, tagging us on social media and using our #TimeForChange hashtag, you'll be entered into a prize draw to win one of five Edinburgh Napier Keep Cups!​

Some things you could do include:
  • Go meat-free for the week
  • Travel by bus or bike instead of car
  • Bring in your own reusable cup or bottle and ditch the disposables
  • Volunteer in the Lions' Gate​ garden at Merchiston
  • Come along to one of our Climate Week events
  • Join the Edinburgh Napier Sustainable Society​


Monday 7 October

Ditch the Disposables
All campuses
We don’t want waste in our catering outlets - that’s why we’re encouraging our campuses to ditch the disposables by increasing our disposable cup charge to 25p to help move towards a future where everything we offer is reusable. We’ll be running a Climate Week offer – if you buy an Edinburgh Napier Keep Cup, we’ll fill your first cup on purchase with filter coffee for free!

Climate Week Swap Shop
10am-1pm, Apex Cafe Upper Level, Merchiston
Join the Edinburgh Napier Sustainability Society as they host a clothes swap shop to celebrate Climate Week. Simply bring along up to five items of clothing you no longer want or need, and receive tokens that you can exchange for items other people have brought! It's a great way to save money, recycle and help the environment at the same time. Plus, our students will be on hand to tell you all about the great work the ENSS does and how you can get involved.
Find out more about the event on Facebook​.

Wednesday 9 October

Time for Change: A Climate Conversation
2pm - 3.30pm, Lindsay Stewart Lecture Theatre, Craiglockhart

Join us for a climate conversation as we discuss what’s happening in Scotland and what we can do to influence change in the face of a climate crisis.

We’re delighted to welcome keynote speaker Richard Dixon (Director of Friends of the Earth Scotland) who will discuss policy and public perceptions of climate change. We’ll also be hosting a panel of staff, students and social enterprise owners who will be talking about the role large institutions such as universities can play in influencing change, as well as what actions individuals can take.

We’ll wrap up with a Q&A followed by a reception from approx 3.30pm where guests can continue the discussion and network.

Entry is free - please register using eventbrite​.


5th Annual Electric Vehicle Event
All day, Craiglockhart

Edinburgh Napier's 5th Annual Electric Vehicle Event will be held at the Rivers Suite and Chapel, with Michael Matheson MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity, giving the keynote address.

The event will also feature several other speakers discussing topics such as the electric road programme, the e-bike grant fund scheme, student research and more. Plus, you'll be able to see electric vehicles on display outside the Rivers Suite, including the Kia e-Niro and the VW e-Golf. Exhibition stands will also be on display in the Chapel and foyer area. 

More information can be found on the Transport Research Institute's website​.


Lil Pop-Up
All Day, Craiglockhart
Lil is a local social enterprise on a mission to make Lower Impact Living so easy that everyone is doing it. ​They'll be hosting a pop-up stand in the foyer with a range of products on sale to help people to invest in their own behaviour change, from household and kitchen supplies, cleaning products and refills, loose foods, toiletries, nature books, reusables and gifts.

Thursday 10 October

Bike-powered Documentary Screening: The True Cost
8pm, Bainfield Common Room
We're using pedal power to bring you a film screening of 'The True Cost', a documentary that explores our purchasing decisions and asks us to consider who really pays the price for our clothing.

Bring along a bike and help power the screening or simply turn up and enjoy the film - with free drinks and snacks!

This event is being run by the Edinburgh Napier Sustainability Society in collaboration with the University of Edinburgh's Engineering for Change.

Find out more about the event on Facebook​.

Future Events

A French Delegation will be attending the Institute for Sustainable Construction on 9 October from to learn about our research work on Timber Engineering and Wood Science. 

This is ahead of the opening of a joint exhibition​ on the future of off-site manufacturing, curated by the Edinburgh Napier Built Environment Exchange (beX).

4 Projects: Sustainable Communities Pre-manufactured from Wood
Thursday 24 October, 6pm-8pm
The Lighthouse, Glasgow



  • We have developed a new catering menu which focuses on local suppliers (such as Lomond Wholesale and Mark Murphy Fruit & Veg) ethical products (such as Coffee Conscience and Social Bite) and more vegetarian and vegan options, continuing our commitment to Meat Free Mondays on campus.

  • We have removed condiment sachets and replaced them with sauce pumps and tabletop salt & pepper shakers to reduce waste on campus​.

  • 66.8% of students and staff cycle, walk or take public transport when travelling to the university and we are continuing to support students and staff who use sustainable transport, including free bike repair workshops, free D-Locks and advice and information on a variety of travel methods. For more information, visit the Greener Travel section of myNapier or email environment@napier.ac.uk

  • We are working with the Edinburgh Napier Sustainable Society to support activities and events and to make sure our students voices are heard. If you're interested in joining the society, you can find them on Facebook​ and Instagram.

  • In 2019 we were 3rd in Scotland (55th in the UK) in the People & Planet University League.

  • We have made a 54% reduction in carbon emissions between 2006/7 and 2017/18, achieving the highest possible score for carbon reduction in the People & Planet league assessment.

  • We have spent almost £1million on energy-saving projects over the last 10 years, reducing gas and electricity use

  • We recycle around 80% of waste on campus, with the remaining 20% burnt as refuse-derived fuel.

  • We have installed solar panels and electric vehicle charging spots, and have electric vans.​​​

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