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Sustainable development

The environmental management system

UCLan uses an ISO14001 certified Environmental Management System (EMS) to identify, manage and mitigate its impact on the environment.

Environmental Aspects

As part of the development of the EMS an Initial Environmental Review (IER) of UCLan activities, products and services was undertaken to identify the way our operations interact with the environment. These interactions are called environmental aspects; the University now has a register of all the identified environmental aspects.

In summary, the six most significant environmental aspects that UCLan will prioritise within improvement programmes are:

  • Use of natural resources: Reducing the consumption of water, electricity, gas and oil.
  • Land development and buildings: Responsible change of land use; reducing waste generation and the environmental impact of the building.
  • Pollution Prevention: Ensuring the safe delivery, storage, use and disposal of environmentally hazardous materials for example oils, laboratory chemicals.
  • Sustainable Procurement: Considering the life cycle environmental impact of product and service purchases.
  • Waste Management: Reducing the amount of product purchased, encouraging re-use of items and then recycling before disposal.
  • Travel/ Transport: Reducing where possible natural resource consumed by staff and student commuting and business travel.

For further information please email: greenteam@uclan.ac.uk

International Standard ISO 14001

The EMS enables UCLan to meet the targets outlined in the environmental sustainability policy and the University Medium Term Strategy. The EMS helps us manage and mitigate our environmental impacts and ensures:

  • Legal compliance with UK and European environmental legislation
  • Pollution prevention rather than cure
  • Continual improvement to improve our environmental performance

The EMS has been pivotal to UCLan’s success in achieving its sustainability targets. In October 2010 UCLan was first awarded ISO14001 certification for the system and re-certification was achieved in October 2013. UCLan is now ISO14001 certified until October 2016. Having ISO14001 demonstrates that the system is effective and that UCLan are committed to environmental sustainability.

UCLan is a large and diverse institution. To facilitate related internal communication between the various levels and functions of the organisation an Environmental and Sustainable Development Governance Structure has been established. 

Continual Improvement

UCLan implements its sustainable development and EMS policies and strategies through the environmental management plan and the school and service delivery plans.

Progress reports are available from greenteam@uclan.ac.uk  

Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) - UCLan Facilities Management monitor a number of operational KPIs to inform their implementation of the sustainable development strategy.

Sustainable Development and Environmental Governance Structure

UCLan is a large and diverse institution. To facilitate related internal communication between the various levels and functions of the organisation an Environmental and Sustainable Development Governance Structure (.docx) has been established.

The governance structure involves a series of regular meetings at various levels. These enable senior management, students, School and Services staff to review, discuss, develop and implement the sustainable development strategy. This allows UCLan to maintain the continual improvement and management review elements of the EMS.