Environmental Management

How the University monitors our environmental management systems.

The University is working towards formal Environmental Management System accreditation. We monitor and audit all our relevant systems to ensure operational efficiency and minimal environmental impact.

We will continue to embed environmental sustainability within Estates operations, to reduce carbon emissions and to encourage and facilitate staff, students and visitors to do the same.

Waste

The University's (non-hazardous) waste is collected by an external contractor who deliver annual audits to enable effective monitoring of our targets against baseline (2004/5). These are detailed in the Carbon Management Plan and reported in the annual Social Impact Report.

Travel

The University's Travel Plan was written in 2010 and updated in 2015 and 2018. It is monitored annually via staff and student surveys.

Sustainable Procurement

The University’s Procurement Strategy includes the objective of, “Identifying and realising significant ‘social value’ through its procurement activity”.

KPI progress is reported through the annual Social Impact Report.

Energy, Water, Emissions and Discharge

The University’s utilities (electricity, gas, water, steam and heat) are monitored using automated meter reading systems (Databird and Utilatas) and audited by an independent verifier – Lucideon CICS Limited and Carbon Saver Standard.

Biodiversity

The University is committed to being a 'responsible landlord' for all species on our sites and we endeavour to monitor and protect through regular audits and specific research studies.

Campus Services Operations

As well as the above, the University's operational guidelines covering areas such as cleaning, gardens, maintenance etc. all include environmental procedures that are monitored and reported on annually.

Staff and student environmental behaviours and attitudes are currently being audited through this survey and will be used to inform our forthcoming campaigns and interventions.

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