Environmental management

An EMS is a set of tools and processes not unlike, for example, those needed to manage Health and Safety (H&S).

Our reporting framework

An EMS engenders best practice, recognises great work already underway and helps to identify and fill any gaps. The aim throughout is to benefit the environment and the University.

The University operates an Environmental Management System (EMS) which works to the ISO 14001 international standard. This provides a structured framework to help us continually improve our environmental performance and minimise our negative impacts.

The University supports this by carrying out internal audits on the EMS. It also undertakes audits conducted by third parties to provide a further level of validation.

How we manage our environmental reporting

Our policies and strategies provide an important foundation to this work. You can access these by following the links below. 

View our Environmental Sustainability Policy

This is the University’s central sustainability policy which is reviewed every year by the Sustainability Steering Group. It is audited internally and has been reviewed externally on an annual basis. 

GO TO WHAT WE DO


View our Biodiversity Strategy

GO TO BIODIVERSITY


View our Carbon Management Strategy and Plan

GO TO CARBON AND ENERGY


View our Sustainability Design Guide Philosophy Documents

GO TO SUSTAINABLE BUILDINGS


View our Sustainable Food Policy

GO TO FOOD


View the University's Sustainable Procurement Strategy

GO TO SUSTAINABLE PURCHASING

 

View the University's Sustainable Procurement Policy

If you would like to view this policy but don't work or study at the University, please email purchasing@admin.ox.ac.uk or call 01865 (6) 16022.


View our Sustainable Travel Policy

VISIT OUR TRAVEL WEBSITE


View our Waste Management Strategy

GO TO REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE


View our Water Management Strategy

GO TO WATER


 

The Environmental Sustainability team is responsible for collating and reporting the carbon and energy performance of the University estate. Data is required to comply with a number of different schemes.

If you have any queries relating to Carbon Compliance please contact the Environmental Sustainability team at sustainability@admin.ox.ac.uk.

 


EUETS – EUROPEAN UNION - EMISSIONS TRADING SCHEME

The EU-ETS scheme is the cornerstone of the EU’s policy to combat climate change and is based on a cap and trade system. The science area is the only area of the University estate that falls under the EU-ETS scheme. Visit the EUETS website.


CRC - CARBON REDUCTION COMMITMENT ENERGY EFFICIENCY SCHEME

CRC is a government scheme aimed at improving energy efficiency and cutting emissions from the 5,000 largest UK organisations. Under the scheme the University is required to report all electricity and gas usage, with the exception of the science area. 

You can find further details, including an annual performance league table that ranks participants on energy efficiency, on the Department of Energy and Climate Change website.


ESOS – ENERGY SAVING OPPORTUNITIES SCHEME

ESOS is a mandatory energy audit scheme requiring companies to review their energy consumption, to set strategies to reduce their consumption, and to report their progress to the Environment Agency every four years.

To find out more visit ESOS Guidance.


DECS – DISPLAY ENERGY CERTIFICATES

Display Energy Certificates are present in buildings to show the actual energy usage of a building and rank performance against standard benchmarks. DECs help the building users to see the energy consumption figures of their building.

For more information on DECs please visit Improving energy efficiency of our buildings.


 

Further information and documentation is held on the Environmental Management System internal SharePoint pages.

If you would like assistance with the EMS or have questions regarding environmental risk and compliance please contact +44 (0) 1865 6 14893 or email sustainability@admin.ox.ac.uk.

Training

The Environmental Sustainability team also runs a number of events and training sessions throughout the year.

To find out more visit our Learning Zone or email sustainability@admin.ox.ac.uk.

Get in touch


+44 (0) 1865 6 14893

sustainability@admin.ox.ac.uk

 

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