Our Green Agenda 

The British Council is committed to meeting UK and international standards for managing our environmental impact. We recognise the impact of our business operations and activities on the environment. We also recognise the threat of climate change to prosperity, social justice and quality of life. We are therefore committed to managing and minimising our environmental impact.


  • reviewing and understanding the environmental impacts arising from our activities
  • ensuring that we understand and comply with all relevant environmental legislation, and with any other environmental requirements or commitments
  • setting environmental objectives and targets for activities having the most significant impact
  • ensuring that our policy is understood, implemented and maintained by all our colleagues and is supported by suitable education and training
  • planning our projects in a manner which takes account of their environmental impact, seeking to reduce such effects as much as possible.


  • minimise the use of materials, energy and water in our premises
  • minimise the generation of waste and implement re-use or recycling initiatives wherever possible
  • measure the carbon impact of our operation and identify and implement means of reducing our carbon footprint
  • incorporate environmental considerations into procurement decisions
  • monitor the environmental impact of our business travel and prioritise the use of environmentally friendly transport
  • reduce our travel needs by encouraging alternative mechanisms to deliver our work effectively e.g. greater use of video- or tele-conferencing
  • promote key sustainability messages locally.

You can read our full environmental policy in English.