Times Higher Education (THE) Impact Rankings

We have been rated as the number one university in the world on climate action, and we plan to keep improving.

The University of Tasmania is officially the tertiary sector’s world-leader in taking climate action, with the prestigious Times Higher Education (THE) Impact Rankings rating us number one in climate action globally for 2022.

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THE World University Rankings rate more than 2100 universities from around the world, including the most esteemed, comparing them across a range of metrics.

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Sustainable Development Goals

Since 2019, THE has included its Impact Rankings table, which rates more than 1400 universities against the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), covering socio-cultural, environmental and economic sustainability.

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In climate action globally

For goal SDG 13, Climate Action, the University of Tasmania scored best in the world, and we ranked 25th in the world overall, against all the SDGs combined.

So, what are these SDGs all about?

The SDGs cover a range of sustainability categories and we scored highly in several of them. We excelled in the SDGs for Life Below Water (14th), Life on Land (34th), Health and Wellbeing (37th), Zero Hunger (43rd), Reducing Inequalities (49th), Sustainable Cities and Communities (60th), and Responsible Consumption and Production (59th).

SDG 13, Climate Action, specifically rates a university’s research on climate change, their use of energy, their preparations for dealing with the consequences of climate change, and efforts to educate and inform the broader public about the importance of taking action.

Fortunately for us, we were able to demonstrate fairly easily that we are addressing these criteria, because, just like the THE Impact Rankings, our Strategic Framework for Sustainability (PDF 3.4 MB) and Sustainability Policy (PDF 121.2 KB) are also directly informed by the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

What does the Climate Action goal specifically measure?

SDG 13 Climate Action measures a university’s performance in four areas:

  • Research on climate action
  • Low-carbon energy use
  • Environmental education measures
  • Commitment to carbon neutrality

The research category looks at the number of published papers by our researchers, and the proportion of those papers published in the top 10% of journals.

Low-carbon energy use is determined by the amount of low-carbon energy used by the university and the proportion of electricity sourced from low-carbon sources.

Environmental education takes into account local education and awareness campaigns, efforts to inform and support government and NGOs on climate change adaptation and climate change disaster planning.

And to prove our commitment to carbon neutrality we needed to demonstrate not just that we had committed to the task, but that we had set a target date.

Globally, our researchers have been at the leading edge of climate change for about 30 years and our researchers have published over 400 titles on climate change and climate science since 2016.

Our Climate Futures Group was created specifically to bridge the gap between scientific research and the needs of industries, communities and government, to support their decision making.

Additionally, our Tasmanian Policy Exchange was established in 2020 to work with government and the community to address policy issues where our expertise can help improve Tasmania’s future.

And four University of Tasmania scientists were lead authors of the AR6 IPCC Working Group II report, Climate Change 2022: Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability.

 

Where study meets sustainability

Working together, we’ve become certified carbon neutral, divested from fossil fuels, and are recognised as the world's leading university on climate action.

We see sustainability as an opportunity across everything we do at our university, so there’s many ways to explore your passion for sustainability beyond what you study.

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