Life on earth

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Global warming and the finite nature of fossil fuels together present one of the greatest threats to humanity in the 21st century.

If we are to maintain our technological society and leave a planet fit for our grandchildren we must develop new, sustainable ways of generating and storing electrical energy.

The University of St Andrews is addressing this most pressing of global concerns at both practical and theoretical levels.

In addition to our ground-breaking research, we have a number of award-winning sustainability initiatives across the university.

In 2011 we acquired the former Curtis Fine Papers paper mill site at nearby Guardbridge, which will be converted into a £25 million green energy centre. We’re also developing proposals to create a wind farm on land we own at Kenly Farm, by Boarhills, south of St Andrews. These initiatives combined will make the University carbon neutral by 2016.