UI GreenMetric: WUR most sustainable university for seventh consecutive time

December 8, 2023

Wageningen University & Research (WUR) prolonged its first place on the 2023 UI GreenMetric ranking with a score of 9.5. That means that WUR has been acclaimed as the world’s most sustainable university again this year.

The UI GreenMetric World University Rankings, which is organised by Universitas Indonesia (UI) each year, is based on the result of an extensive survey on the topics of energy, climate, waste, transportation, water, biodiversity and infrastructure. Sustainability in education and research is also measured.


WUR obtained 9,500 out of 10,000 points this year, slightly more than numbers two and three, which are Nottingham Trent University in the United Kingdom and Umwelt-Campus Birkenfeld in Germany, respectively. Groningen University takes fourth place. The fact that two Dutch universities performed well and made it to the top five of the most sustainable university campuses is exceptional.

WUR’s first place was officially announced during the COP 28 climate summit in Dubai. Rector Magnificus Arthur Mol is proud of the results and advises other university boards: ‘Include your entire academic community in the sustainability process and view it as more than just a technical issue.’

The international GreenMetric network

A total of 1183 universities from 85 countries participated in the Universitas Indonesia ranking, which was launched in 2010. Universities complete a questionnaire and join workshops and events that are held throughout the year. WUR participates in the annual International Workshop Green Metric (IWGM), which focuses on the best examples from all participating universities. During the 2023 edition, WUR showed how social responsibility van be firmly anchored within our strategies.