This University Just Banned Beef To Fight Climate Change

In a bid to battle climate change, a leading university in England is going beef-less.

Goldsmiths, University of London, has announced all beef products will be off the menu when students return at the start of the academic year, while plastic bottles will attract a new levy.

The College's new warden, Professor Frances Corner, has introduced the new measure as part of a plan for Goldsmiths to be carbon neutral by 2025 in the fight against the climate crisis.

The first step achieving this "ambitious goal" is to remove all beef products for sale at campus outlets by the start of the 2019 academic year.

The consumption of beef has come under scrutiny because of the amount of methane cows produce, as well as the grazing space needed to maintain cows and the damage it can cause to the earth. Methane is 25 times more potent than carbon dioxide at trapping heat in the atmosphere.

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Students will also be slugged a 10p levy when purchasing bottled water or using a single use plastic cup, with the proceeds going to a student initiative fund.

Frances Corner visits the Goldsmiths allotments with allotment coordinator Ros Gray. Photo: Goldsmiths

Corner said Goldsmiths must take practical actions because "declaring a climate emergency cannot be empty words".

"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," she said in a statement.

"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.”

Goldsmiths, University of London. Photo: Getty

Goldsmiths, which has nearly 10,000 students, is also working to reduce its emissions through green energy, with more solar panels to be installed on its New Cross campus.

The college also plans to "switching to a 100 percent clean energy supplier as soon as practicable".

According the the High Education Statistic Agency -- a U.K. higher education data and analysis company -- Goldsmiths produces around 3.7 million kilograms of carbon emissions each year, but has seen a 10 percent reduction in the past three years.