President’s Commitment

As a global university centered in Asia, NUS is committed to protecting the environment and incorporating sustainability in all aspects of our campus life – from operations, planning, construction, research, education, and instruction to public service.

We endeavour to adhere to these principles of:

  1. Promoting best practices in institutional environmental performance as well as developing synergies between education, research and the commitment to sustainability. The emphasis is on key areas of resource consumption, carbon emissions and biodiversity conservation.
  2. Developing environmental literacy among staff and students.
  3. Developing programmes to integrate academic and operational activities to enhance campus environmental performance as well as promoting practical research and teaching opportunities that improve the learning experience and foster environmental literacy.

At the formal launch of the International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU)’s campus sustainability initiative at the Copenhagen International Scientific Congress on Climate Change in March 2009, the Presidents of the ten IARU universities stated their ongoing commitment to continuously improve the environmental performance of their respective campuses as well as to build an ecologically literate community.

Professor Tan Chorh Chuan, NUS President, announced that the university will reduce its carbon emissions by 23% below business-as-usual, by 2020.

NUS’s Carbon Emissions


This carbon emissions inventory (with a baseline in 2008) is crucial in identifying specific areas and emission trends where emission mitigation strategies will have the greatest impact. It also allows NUS to continually monitor, track and review its progress.