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Policy and strategy

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Managing our Environmental Impacts

In order to implement and demonstrate continual improvement to our environmental performance we are developing an Environmental Management System (EMS).

An EMS enables an organisation to manage its environmental performance in a comprehensive, systematic and documented manner. It serves as a tool to reduce the impact, both immediate and long-term, of an organisation’s operations on the environment. It encourages the allocation of resources, assignment of responsibility, and ongoing evaluation of practices, procedures and processes with a view to continual improvement of the system.

Our EMS was implemented using the phased approach of the EcoCampus scheme. EcoCampus provided a structured approach to work towards the standard of ISO14001. We have now achieved the Platinum phase as well as the ISO14001. The EMS covers all buildings, land, activities, products and services of the University except those excluded within the detailed scope as defined in the EMS Manual (available on request). Loughborough London operations and those of imago Ltd are not included within the scope but are currently under consideration for inclusion.

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ISO 14001

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“ISO 14001 is an internationally accepted standard that outlines how to  put an effective environmental management system in place. It is designed to  help businesses remain commercially successful without overlooking  environmental responsibilities. It can also help you to grow while reducing the  environmental impact of this growth. An ISO 14001 system provides the framework  to allow you to meet increasingly high customer expectations of corporate  responsibility as well as legal or regulatory requirements.”

ISO  14001 is the world’s most recognised environmental standard. Less than 15% of our sector have achieved the  accreditation and only 28% of the Universities registered on the EcoCampus  scheme have achieved Platinum.

In order to deliver our EMS we have Policy, Standards, Objectives and Targets, Strategies and Procedures known as Operational Controls, these can be found below.

Our Environmental Policy and Standards

The Environmental Policy sets out the institution’s commitment to continual environmental improvement. It documents the principles through which sustainability will beembedded on campus and commits all staff to share in the responsibility for our environmental performance. The policy has been approved by University Council and signed off by the Vice Chancellor. From the Environmental Policy come the Environmental Standards. These set out the standards and/or behaviours which the institution expects from all staff, student and tenants with regards to each area of environmental management, and also what staff and students can expect from the University in these areas.

The Policy and Standards can be seen here

Environmental Policy

Environmental Standards

Sustainability Charters

Legislation,Objectives and Targets

Having identified our environmental aspects and impacts, and made a commitment through our policy to manage and mitigate these, the University must then set Objectives and Targets to do so. These also need to take into account any legislative requirements. In this section you can see the register of environmental legislation which applies to the University’s operations as well as the Objectives & Targets which have been set.

Aspects, Impact and Legal Register

Aspects, Objectives and Key Actions Summary

Action Plans

Action Plans enable the University to document how the Objectives and Targets set for each area will be achieved. The following therefore provide plans on how we will reduce our environmental impact across the key areas. The overarching University Sustainability Action Plan can also be seen here.

Sustainability Plans

Sustainability Action Plan

Sustainable Construction and Design Strategy

Sustainable Procurement Guidance

Sustainable Food Policy

Carbon Management Plan

Car Park Management Strategy 2015-2020

Loughborough University Travel Plan Executive Summary 2015

Operational Controls

In order to deliver against our strategies the University needs to operate to certain consistent standards, which requires procedures to be documented. In the Environmental Management System these procedures are known as operational controls. This section is divided into 7 sections to make it easier to find the relevant operational controls for each area of Environmental Sustainability.

Waste (Resource) Management »

Energy & Water Usage »

Travel & Transport »

Construction, Refurbishment & Management of the Estate including Biodiversity»

Emissions to Air & Discharges to Water »

Sustainable Procurement »

Incident/Spill Response »

Other »



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