Environmental Management System

The University has implemented an Environmental Management System (EMS) which covers all three of its main campuses; Whiteknights and London Road campuses in Reading and Greenlands campus in Henley. The EMS aims to reduce the environmental impacts of the University's activities by using the structured EMS framework based on continual improvement and embedding sustainability into key business processes.  The Environmental Management System has been certified to the internationally recognised ISO14001:2015 standard. The intended outcomes of the University’s Environmental Management System are: 1) To protect the environment by preventing or mitigating adverse environmental impacts; 2) To enhance the University’s environmental performance; 3) To maintain compliance with environmental legislation and other non-legal obligations This will be achieved by setting objectives, identifying risks and opportunities, implementing policy and defining strategies, ensuring pollution prevention measures are in place, training, communication, embedding a commitment to improving environmental performance and monitoring progress by internal audits and management reviews. What is included (Scope of EMS): The University's EMS covers the Whiteknights, London Road and Greenlands campuses, for all activities and services under the management control of...
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Policies, Strategies and Reports

The University’s Sustainability vision is to be: “…a leader in reducing its impacts on the local as well as global environment, by embedding a culture of sustainability throughout its teaching, research and operations.” Policies Environmental & Energy Policy 2019 Re-use Policy Fairtrade Policy Ethical Investment Policy Biodiversity Policy Sustainable Food Policy Catering Procurement Policy - v4.0 2018/19 (Section 6 refers to Sustainable Procurement) Internal Procedures and Documentation Internal operating procedures, guidance and other documentation can be found here:  Environmental Procedures and Guidance. UK Environmental Legislation There is a wide range of environmental legislation that is applicable to the University. Sustainability Services manage a legal register to document and evaluate relevant legislation to ensure the University remains compliant with all applicable legislation and other requirements. The GOV.uk website provides information about environmental legislation at www.gov.uk/topic/environmental-management Strategies Waste Strategy 2016-2021 Travel Plan 2017 Carbon and Water Management Plan 2016-21 Carbon and Water Management Plan 2016-21 Summary Environmental Objectives 2018-19 Sustainability Services Comms Strategy Sustainability Services Annual Comms Plan 1920 Reporting Environmental and Sustainability Report 2018-19 Environmental Report 2017/18 Travel Survey 2018 results report Environment and Sustainability 5 Year Review 2016 Carbon &...
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Environmental Incidents and Emergency Response

  Definition:  An Environmental Incident is an event that may cause harm or potential harm to an environmental receptor e.g. air, water, land, wildlife or local habitat.   Reporting an Environmental Incident:  In an emergency call 999 or Security on 6300 for immediate response. To report the incident to Sustainability Services please complete the form below. Incidents could include: Air Pollution - Black Smoke - Chemical Spill - Oil Spill - Fly tipping - Waste Issue - Sewage Leak etc. In many cases, major pollution incidents can be prevented if appropriate pollution prevention measures are in place or immediately available. It is the duty of all members of the University to ensure that where possible, they do not knowingly contribute to such an incident. This procedure provides an overview of the response and reporting process.  For risks and potential incidents related to specific operations (e.g. within laboratories)  please refer to Risks Assessments and your local emergency response plans (this may include spill plans and reporting processes).  This procedure, as detailed below, should...
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