Policy, strategy and compliance

‌We first adopted an environmental policy in 1997, and review it annually. Our current policy and strategies are listed below. Please contact us for access to our historical records.  

2017 Sustainability Policy Review 

The University introduced a new Vision and Strategy in 2016 which includes Sustainability as one of its six main themes. To support this, the University is reviewing its Sustainability Policy and would like your comments and suggestions on what should be included. Please view a draft Policy here and further details on how to feedback your thoughts.


The University is currently consulting on a new Sustainability Policy which aligns with the University new vision and strategy, with the aim of launching a new policy and strategies in the late Autumn 2017. The existing policy has been reviewed and extended to cover the period until the new policy comes into place.

Policy and strategy for sustainability 2009-17 (PDF, 350kB)  ‌Signed sustainability policy (PDF, 88kB)

Strategies and reports

Reports on investment in Sustainability

 People and Planet Audit Information

Please find additional information for reviewing People and Planet’s University League:


Overview of the Sustainability initiative is provided by the Sustainability Steering Group Sustainability steering group terms of reference (PDF, 254kB). The Pro-Vice Chancellor for Education and Students is the institutional lead for Sustainability, with the lead for Estates and carbon provided by the University’s Bursar/Director of Estates. 

Environmental Management System

We have achieved certification to the world’s most recognised environmental management system (EMS) standard: ISO 14001.

ISO 14001 is an international standard that provides a framework for organisations to understand, manage and improve their environmental impacts and performance.  It helps us put environmental management at the heart of everything we do, enabling us to achieve success in our sustainability goals.

Download our current ISO14001:2004 certificate ISO certificate (PDF, 911kB).

Find out more about our Environmental Management System (ISO 14001:2004)

BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Methodology) 

We use BREEAM as our framework to drive forward the sustainability agenda in all our building and refurbishment projects. BREEAM is one of the most established accredited assessment tools in terms of measuring how 'environmental' a new building is. 

Discover more about some of our BREEAM and SKA-accredited construction projects.

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