Demonstrating Continuous Improvement
As part of the Environmental & Social Responsibility Policy the Sustainability Advisory Board monitor the University's performance against targets set in the key impact areas.
Key Performance Indicators
The University KPIs on significant environmental aspects are maintained and managed by Facilities Management. These include: carbon reduction, energy, water, waste, and commuter travel. They're monitored and reviewed on an annual basis by the Sustainability Advisory Board and made publicly available.
Environmental Management System
An Environmental Management System (EMS) is a tool for managing the impacts of an organisation's activities on the environment and the University is in the process of implementing BSACORN scheme, with the aim of becoming ISO 14001:2015 accredited. The introduction of an Environmental Management System (EMS) has allowed the University to identify all Environmental Aspects associated with its operations and implement significant environmental improvements to reduce the University's impact on the environment.
The EMS provides a structured approach to planning and implementing environmental improvement and protection measures. It takes into account the things that an organisation is required to do because of legislation or other regulations as well as the things an organisation chooses to do such as increasing biodiversity on campus. Top management have overall accountability for the EMS and provide strategic direction. The Sustainability Group and the Environment, Systems and Sustainability Board (ESSB) both have a role in this and their respective responsibilities are laid out in the Terms of Reference for each.