Climate Action

The world is at a defining moment where we are experiencing dramatic changes to our ecosystems, and the scientific consensus overwhelming points to human activity as a major contributing factor. At Elsevier, we are using data combined with content and subject expertise to gain unique insights into how research can accelerate efforts to mitigate the effects of climate change. As a company, we are committed to the rapid reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, aiming to achieve net zero emissions before 2050.

We also continue to support a number of initiatives such as Elsevier Atlas. Explore our initiatives below, and browse our growing portfolio of environmental journals and books.


SDG 13 - Climate action

Learn more about our partnerships to advance climate action.

Our Engagement


The Elsevier Foundation-ISC3 Green & Sustainable Challenge

We believe that chemistry plays a critical role in developing a sustainable future. The Elsevier Foundation-ISC3 Green & Sustainable Chemistry Challenge seeks to stimulate innovative chemistry research that helps the environment and low-resource communities in emerging and developing countries.


RELX Environmental Challenge

Each year the RELX Environmental Challenge is awarded to projects that best demonstrate how they can provide sustainable access to safe water or sanitation. There is a $50,000 prize for the first place entry and a $25,000 prize for the second place entry, and winners receive one-year free access to ScienceDirect.

The Lancet Countdown

In 2019 The Lancet published the Lancet Countdown on health and climate change with the goal of ensuring that the health of a child born today is not defined by a changing climate. The Countdown tracks 41 indicators in five areas to provide an independent assessment of how the world is responding. It showed that a warmer future would result in increased risks to health through heat stroke, vector-borne diseases and malnutrition from crop failures associated with drought or pests.

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Our initiatives

Cell One Earth

One Earth, a Cell journal that seeks to understand and address today’s environmental grand challenges, has partnered with Gold Standard, a standards body that certifies initiatives that support the SDGs. Together, they offset three tons of carbon emissions for every research paper the journal publishes. One Earth, on behalf of its authors, plays an active role in mitigating against climate change, in addition to the scientific impact of the research published in the journal.

Our reports

Disaster Science Report

disaster science report

For the Global Outlook on Disaster Science report we have partnered with leading international institutions and drew upon high-quality global data to examine the state of worldwide disaster science research. The report displays an analysis of global disaster science scholarly output and specific topics being studied within research on different types of disasters.

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Environmental Standards

To help achieve our 2020 environmental targets the RELX Group Environmental Standards have been enhanced. Standard levels are based on our current environmental performance and internal and external good practice. By setting standards based on usage levels per person, we aim to engage employees and to inspire green competition among offices.

Green Teams

At Elsevier, our commitment to respecting the environment is also visible amongst our workforce. The green team supports and promotes sustainable action within our different locations, including our headquarters in Amsterdam.

To know more about our initiatives to contribute to climate action, please refer to our Elsevier Connect platform to read news, articles and more on SDG13.

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