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 the University. This includes teaching and research activities, estates and facilities operations, and support services.  The EMS excludes wholly-tenanted buildings such as RSSL, the Science & Technology Centre (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 which operates its own ISO14001-certified EMS. The EMS also excludes off-campus locations such as the University’s 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 University's image and credentials as an environmentally aware institution.

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