From a "LIVE" perspective we implement the principles of the SDGs through our campus operations. 

Reducing energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions are top priorities.  We aim to develop the campus as a resource-efficient sustainable energy community. We do this by reducing energy use in new and refurbished buildings, measuring and reporting energy use, implementing energy saving initiatives, investing in renewable energy sources and reinvesting energy cost savings in new sustainability technologies. We demonstrate leadership in reducing energy use: in 2018, two years ahead of schedule, our total energy consumption had gone down by 34% from the baseline, thus exceeding the National Government target of 33% energy efficiency by 2020.

NUI Galway’s Energy Policy aims for the University to lead by example to meet the highest energy management standards and strives to be at the forefront of sustainable development.

NUI Galway is certified ISO 50001, an international energy management standard that recognises the University’s efforts to use energy more efficiently and to continuously improve energy performance.

NUI Galway is also the first university in Ireland to join the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) Sustainable Energy Community (SEC) Network.

There are a number of research centres based in NUI Galway focused on sustainable energy - MaREI Centre, The Ryan Institute Energy Research Centre (ERC), and the Insight Centre for Data Analytics. The Ryan Institute aims to engage in research, education and outreach in the fields of Energy and Environment.

Many of our students are active in the NUI Galway Energy Society and the society runs an annual Energy Summit, which is the first and only national energy conference in Ireland run entirely by students.