Environmental and Energy Management System

The Energy and Environmental Management System (EEMS)


The Energy and Environmental Management System covers all activities and services under the operational control of the University at the Whiteknights, London Road and Greenlands Campus.

The EEMS excludes wholly tenanted buildings such as RSSL, NHS’ Erlegh House (formerly STC) and Reading Enterprise Centre, all located on Whiteknights campus.  It also excludes all Halls of Residence as these are managed by a third party that operates its own ISO14001-certified EMS.  The EEMS also excludes off-campus locations such as the University’s farms, Thames Valley Science Park and overseas campuses.


The EEMS has been certified to the internationally recognised ISO 14001: 2015 and ISO 50001 2018 standards.


The EEMS aims to reduce the environmental and energy impacts of the University's activities by using a structured framework based on continual improvement and embedding sustainability into key business processes.

The intended outcomes of the EEMS are:
1) To protect the environment by preventing or mitigating adverse environmental impacts;
2) To enhance the University’s environmental and energy performance;
3) To maintain compliance with environmental and energy 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.

Significant Environmental Aspects

  • Procurement
  • Estates development
  • Use of energy (oil, fuel, electricity, gas and renewable sources)
  • Use of water
  • Use, storage and movement of hazardous substances
  • Use of refrigerants
  • Waste production
  • Emissions to air
  • Effluent and waste water
  • Noise, light and heat emissions
  • Conservation and biodiversity

How does it work?

Everyone at the University, including people working on behalf of the University, have an important role to play. This may mean switching equipment off when you have finished, using the right recycling bin, responsible and ethical procurement, purchasing energy efficient equipment or operating in an manner that protects the environment and saves energy. If you are unsure of your role, then email Sustainability Services.

If the EEMS is not followed then there is potential for environmental harm, non-compliance with current environmental laws, energy wastage and the University may not meet its environmental objectives.

Further documentation to support the EEMS can be found on the staff pages of the Sustainability Services Website.

To find out more about the University's sustainability initiatives and more about how you can do your bit you can enrol on the Online Sustainability Course.


A key part of achieving the ISO50001 certification has been an estate-wide review of energy consumption and energy saving opportunities, to develop a prioritised programme of work to reduce the University's energy use and carbon emissions. This is helping ensure the University's ambitious plans to reduce its carbon emissions remains achievable, and that the University continues to build on the 45% carbon reduction in its carbon footprint achieved to date.

projects are focussing on:

  • Reviewing IT systems to consider energy reduction and consolidation plans
  • Extending our Whiteknights district heating network to further buildings and integrate heat pumps
  • Continuing to expand our sub-metering infrastructure
  • Considering a water source heat pump at the Greenlands campus.

We encourage all staff, students and anyone working on behalf of the University to make suggestions on how we can improve energy and environmental management at the University. To get involved or make suggestions please email sustainability@reading.ac.uk.

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