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.

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International Standard ISO 14001

The EMS helps us manage and mitigate our environmental impacts and ensures:

  • Legal compliance with UK and European environmental legislation
  • Protection of the environment and pollution prevention
  • 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, with re-certification in October 2013.  In 2016 UCLan was an early adopter of the new ISO14001:2015 standard and is now ISO14001 certified until October 2019. Having ISO14001 demonstrates that the system is effective and that UCLan are committed to environmental sustainability.

EMS/Continual Improvement

UCLan implements its EMS Policies and continual improvement element through an Environmental Management Plan. The Environmental Management Plan is delivered by Objective leads. There are 8 Key Objectives contained within the Plan each with a Target and Specific Actions on:

  • Energy and Carbon
  • Potable Water
  • Alteration or Construction of Buildings (including Biodiversity)
  • Potential to Pollute (Emissions & Discharges)
  • Sustainable Procurement
  • Waste Disposal
  • Travel
  • Environmental Management System

Progress is reported to senior management through a series of KPIs and reports. Also available from

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.