The ninth Sustainable Development Goal is to build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialisation and foster innovation.

2022 progress report


In 2021/22, all new builds were confirmed as needing to be to Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM) excellent standard. New builds also consider energy efficiency, climate resilience, sustainable transport, biodiversity.

The University is part of UKCRIC, a nationwide group of 14 universities working to improve our understanding of critical infrastructure systems and their role in underpinning urban resilience. In 2021/22, the George Solt Building was officially opened as part of this project. The facility features dedicated laboratories to support the development of advanced sensors and point-of-use water treatment technologies as well as a Breakthrough Innovation Hub.


Education, research and practice are linked to support entrepreneurship in the Bettany Centre for Entrepreneurship. The Centre also acts as the Entrepreneurial Hub for Cranfield University, working closely with the Research and Innovation Office to provide entrepreneurship support to all students, faculty and staff.

The Sustainable Manufacturing Systems Centre focuses on transforming manufacturing for a low carbon economy. They are creating new models of best practice to help businesses think green, smart and (c)lean and offer courses in this area.

Research and outreach

Much of our research contributes to this SDG. You can find out more on this web page.

The following are just a couple of examples of research into outreach from 2021/22:

  • Cutting-edge hydrogen research was on show at Cranfield in September 2022. Investment in hydrogen technologies is an essential part of navigating to a carbon-free future. This was the key theme from the Cranfield Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Showcase event which saw more than 250 delegates, including leaders from industry and science, gather for a series of expert talks and demonstrations. Visitors had the chance to see Cranfield Aerospace’s Britten-Norman BN2 Islander plane, which was being converted into a hydrogen fuelled aircraft.
  • In another step towards green aviation, the first ever cross-Channel hybrid electric flight landed at Cranfield. The demonstrator aircraft flew from Calais in northern France to Cranfield’s airport and used electric propulsion for its take-off and landing.
  • In Formula 1, the Halo device – tested extensively at Cranfield University – is reported to have saved a driver’s life.

Supporting businesses

In 2021/22, the Ready for Net Growth programme supported local businesses.

Luton-based small- and medium-sized companies (SMEs) working in or supplying the aviation sector were eligible for free coaching and support to grow their business.

Luton Council funded 30 places on the University’s Ready for Scale aviation programme for ambitious business leaders looking to take the next step in growing their business.

In 2021/22, Cranfield partnered with Green Future Investments Limited (GFIL) to deliver financial, technical and business support to innovators and entrepreneurs. Find out more on our GFIL pages.

A real-life Dragons' Den was undertaken with the fourth Unilever-Cranfield Innovation Accelerator programme, which culminated in nine student teams pitching their solutions, focused on improving sustainability, to senior executives and academics.

Cranfield hosted our second annual Climate Hackathon in collaboration with NatWest.

An environmentally-conscious coffee brand started by a Cranfield School of Management alumnus during the UK's first coronavirus lockdown has grown into an award-winning business that has captured the attention of one of the investors from BBC's Dragons' Den.

2021 progress report

Evidence provided for the Times Higher Impact Ranking included reporting the number of spin-off companies and the size of our research in STEM subjects and business.

Our Research and Innovation Office (RIO) supports researchers in working together to achieve excellence with impact in delivering the University’s vision for research and innovation. RIO works closely with the Bettany Centre for Entrepreneurship to support businesses, delivering, for example, start-up-weekend, venture day, speaker series, pitch competitions and support for new, aspiring entrepreneurs through to small companies wanting to scale up. The Bettany Centre offers several scholarship programmes, including one for Northamptonshire focusing on the journey to Net Zero.

Our active alumni community supports the next generation of entrepreneurs through the Cranfield 50 network.

In 2021 we continued to support businesses through our Eagle Lab partnership with Barclays and AVIATE+, part of a new UK Aviation Innovation and Technology Entrepreneurship cluster.

The Innovative Mast for Greener Electrification (IMAGE) project, funded as part of the Government’s £9 million support for First of a Kind railway innovation, aims to reduce the financial costs and energy used in production and installation of rail masts for electrification. The built-in sensors will also provide data directly to infrastructure owners, enabling maintenance to be better targeted and reducing the need for line-side manual checks.

Courses/modules relating to the goal

The following courses either address sustainability entirely or contain modules that are focused on sustainability-related topics.

Advanced Air Mobility Systems MSc
Advanced Chemical Engineering MSc
Advanced Digital Energy Systems MSc
Advanced Heat Engineering MSc (discontinued)
Advanced Lightweight and Composite Structures MSc
Advanced Materials MSc
Advanced Mechanical Engineering MSc
Advanced Motorsport Engineering MSc
Advanced Motorsport Mechatronics MSc
Aerospace Dynamics with options in Aerodynamics and Flight Dynamics MSc
Aerospace Manufacturing MSc
Aerospace Materials MSc
Aerospace Vehicle Design MSc
Air Transport Management Executive MSc
Air Transport Management MSc
Aircraft Engineering MSc (Engineering and Manufacturing streams)
Airport Planning and Management MSc
Airworthiness MSc
Applied Artificial Intelligence
Astronautics and Space Engineering MSc
Automotive Engineering MSc
Automotive Mechatronics MSc
Autonomous Vehicle Dynamics and Control MSc
Aviation Digial Technology Management MSc
Computational and Software Techniques in Engineering MSc
Computational Fluid Dynamics MSc
Connected and Autonomous Vehicle Engineering MSc
Cyber-Secure Manufacturing MSc (discontinued)
Design Thinking MDes
Engineering and Management of Manufacturing Systems MSc
Executive Logistics and Supply Chain Management MSc
Executive MBA 
Food Systems and Management MSc
Forensic Biology MSc
Future Food Sustainability MSc
Advanced GIS and Remote Sensing MSc
Global Product Development & Management MSc
Information Capability Management MSc
Logistics and Supply Chain Management MSc
Management and Corporate Sustainability MSc
Management and Information Systems MSc
Management and Leadership MSc
Management MSc
Manufacturing Technology and Management MSc
Metal Additive Manufacturing MSc
Operations Excellence MSc
Postgraduate Engineer Apprenticeship
Procurement and Supply Chain Management MSc
Renewable Energy MSc
Robotics MSc
Sustainability MSc
Thermal Power and Propulsion MSc
Through-life System Sustainment MSc
Water and Wastewater Engineering MSc
Welding Engineering MSc