The sale of beef products will be banned from Goldsmiths University campus from next month in a bid to combat climate change.

The University's new warden, Professor Frances Corner, has announced plans to cut carbon use in Goldsmiths after declaring a climate emergency.

The plans have been introduced with the aim of becoming completely carbon neutral by 2025.

Other measures to cut carbon use include:

  • Introducing a 10p tax levy on plastic water bottles and plastic cups
  • Installing more solar panels on Goldsmiths buildings in New Cross
  • Switching to a 100 per cent clean energy supplier
  • Review the curriculum for Goldsmiths students which focus on climate change and reducing carbon emissions

Professor Corner said: “The growing global call for organisations to take seriously their responsibilities for halting climate change is impossible to ignore.

"Though I have only just arrived at Goldsmiths, it is immediately obvious that our staff and students care passionately about the future of our environment and that they are determined to help deliver the step change we need to cut our carbon footprint drastically and as quickly as possible.

“Declaring a climate emergency cannot be empty words.

"I truly believe we face a defining moment in global history and Goldsmiths now stands shoulder to shoulder with other organisations willing to call the alarm and take urgent action to cut carbon use.”