Protecting the environment and sustainability at the ICR
Sustainability at the ICR means acting now, in line with the UN Sustainability Development Goals, to manage economic, social and environmental issues within our organisation and globally, so that both now and in the future, we can continue to make the discoveries to defeat cancer.
Video: Meet some of our staff who were involved in the sustainability action plan. | Video transcript
Sustainability matters to us
Sustainability has significant consequences for cancer research – the link between the poor air quality and certain cancers, the importance of a healthy natural world and biodiversity for discovery of new compounds for innovative cancer drugs and treatments.
The climate and biodiversity crisis are the main challenges of the 21st century, bringing pandemics, extreme climatic events and putting life, as we know it, at risk. We believe that the scientific research and education sectors should be leading the way to ensure a liveable planet for future generations. In 2020, following many other organisations, we declared a climate emergency which marked our first step in accelerating climate action.
Our action plan
Sustainable Discoveries is the ICR’s action plan for how we will respond to the climate crisis and other sustainability challenges. The plan reflects how we integrate sustainability principles into our research and teaching practices – aiming to develop lower impact ways of undertaking laboratory science, developing more efficient buildings and facilities, reducing our impact on the planet and ensuring our people have the requisite skills and knowledge to make a difference.
We have mapped our plans against the UN's 17 Sustainable Development Goals (the SDGs), which are the global programme for sustainability.
'Sustainable Discoveries' has 4 pillars: