The University has implemented an Environmental and Energy Management System (EEMS) 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 and energy 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 and ISO50001:2018.
The intended outcomes of the University’s Environmental and Energy Management System 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.
The EEMS covers:
”The Whiteknights, London Road and Greenlands campuses, for all activities and services under the management control of the University.”
This includes teaching and research activities, estates and facilities operations, and support services.
The EEMS therefore 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.
Significant Environmental Aspects
- 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
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 it, purchasing energy efficient equipment or operating in an energy efficient manner. If you are unsure of your role, then email Sustainability Services. If the EnMS is not followed then there is potential for energy wastage and the University may not meet its carbon reduction targets.
A key part of achieving this 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 by 45% by 2021 remains achievable, and that the University continues to build on the 35% carbon reduction in its carbon footprint achieved to date.
2019/20 and 2020/21 projects are focussing on:
- Reviewing IT systems to consider energy reduction and consolidation plans
- Extending our Whiteknights district heating network to further buildings
- Continuing to expand our sub-metering infrastructure
- Considering a water source heat pump at the Greenlands campus
- Merge ISO 14001 and ISO 50001 to one singular Energy and Environmental Management System (EEMS).
We encourage all staff, students and anyone working on behalf of the University to make suggestions on how we can improve energy management at the University. To get involved or make suggestions please email email@example.com or check out the website for more info sites.reading.ac.uk/sustainability/.