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 system aims to reduce the significant environmental impacts of the University 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 system includes; setting objectives to reduce and enhance our environmental impacts, identifying risks and opportunities, implementing policy and defining strategies, monitoring compliance, ensuring pollution prevention measures are in place, training, communication and embedding a commitment to improving environmental performance.

What is included:

The University EMS includes Whiteknights campus, London Road campus and Greenlands campus, plus the activities and operations that occur within the boundaries of these sites.  These activities include estates operations, teaching and research activities, plus support services. The scope excludes wholly-tenanted buildings such as RSSL, the Science & Technology Centre and the Reading Enterprise Centre.  It also excludes the Halls of Residence as these are managed by a third-party which operates its own ISO14001-certified EMS.  The EMS also excludes off-site locations such as the farms, Thames Valley Science Park and overseas campuses.

Henley Business School at Greenlands had run its own Environmental Management System for many years. In 2018, this EMS was brought together with the main University EMS to create one combined University of Reading EMS.

Benefits of an EMS:

  • Cost Savings - by reducing energy use, saving water and reducing waste we can reduce our costs.
  • Reducing environmental risk and ensuring legal compliance.
  • Promotion of our environmental commitment will boost the Universities image and credentials as an environmentally aware institution.

Significant Environmental Aspects

  • Production of waste
  • Use, storage and movement of hazardous substances
  • Use of energy (gas, electricity, oil, fuel and renewable sources)
  • Emissions to air and water
  • Use of refrigerants
  • Water consumption
  • Conservation and biodiversity
  • Noise and nuisance
  • Construction and redevelopment (estates development)
  • Travel and transport
  • Procurement