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Environment and Energy

 

The University has an Environmental Management System (EMS), called EcoCampus. The EcoCampus scheme is a step by step sustainability improvement and certification programme which helps Higher and Further Education Institutions implement an EMS up to the international standard of ISO:14001. There are 4 phases to the programme – Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum. The University currently holds the Silver certificate meaning we have:

  • gained leadership and commitment from senior management to improve our environmental performance
  • conducted a thorough analysis of the environmental impacts of our operations and services
  • identified which pieces of environmental legislation the University has to comply with
  • developed an Environmental Sustainability Vision, Policy and Strategy outlining our environmental targets, KPIs and key implementation mechanisms.

We are currently working towards the Gold phase of Ecocampus. This includes:

  • identifying the roles and responsibilities of all staff in relation to the EMS
  • providing training to all staff, where required, to ensure competence
  • developing effective methods to record and store relevant communications relating to the EMS
  • ensuring documents are controlled as required by the EcoCampus scheme and ISO14001
  • developing operational procedures to control activities which could have an effect on the environment
  • developing procedures to prevent or minimise the environmental impacts of an accident or emergency.

Operational controls aim to manage significant environmental aspects in order to:

  • prevent pollution
  • ensure compliance with legal and other requirements
  • demonstrate continual improvement.

The Environmental Officer is the EMS Manager and the two Environmental Coordinators are the EMS Coordinators.