Swansea University achieves ISO 14001:2004 and EcoCampus Platinum Award

EcoCampus is a leading Environmental management system (EMS) award scheme for higher and further education sector already adopted by 32% of UK HEIs.

Swansea is the first University in Wales to achieve the top Platinum award, and only the thirteenth organisation in the UK as a whole.  This helps the University with its legal compliance, Green League score, Sustainability Strategy, and represents the first international standard that the University has achieved across all Colleges and administrative functions. Through EMS, the University manage its environmental impacts in areas like resource consumption, waste production, control on emissions, biodiversity, travel, construction & refurbishment and sustainable procurement.

Swansea University’s Sustainability Policy reflects a strong commitment towards sustainable development by preventing pollution risk to the environment and acquiring a sustainable approach in all the future projects. EMS has proved to be an effective tool for keeping the University compliant with all the legal requirements.

The EMS training and awareness programme is a comprehensive plan to educate and raise awareness of staff and student on the major environmental aspects and their effects by deviating from the operational control procedures. 

EMS TARGETS 2012-2016

Energy & Carbon Emissions  

  •  Reduce absolute carbon emissions (from buildings energy) by at least 35% by 2020/21 based on 2010/11 baseline
  •  Annually review DEC ratings to improve performance
  •  Source over 50% of the university’s electricity from on-site or grid renewables 


  •  Reduce water consumption to 1 m3/m2 by 2015/16
  •  Achieve 2000l of rainwater recycling per annum by 2015/16 


  •  Reduce the projected proportion of students travelling to University by car alone for 75% or more of their annual trips from 21% in 2010 to 15% in 2015
  •  Reduce the projected proportion of staff travelling to University by car alone for 75% or more of their annual trips from 54% in 2010 to 40% in 2015
  •  Increase total no of University cycle spaces to 600 by 2015/16
  •  Formally adopt the University’s Sustainable Travel Plan by Dec 2014
  •  All permit holders required to register as car sharers as condition of permit application


  •  Incorporate energy-efficient and sustainability approaches into all capital developments and refurbishment projects
  •  By 2013 to include a wide range of sustainability considerations within the University’s Standard Specification


  •  Monitor and report against the Biodiversity Action Plan annually from 2013


  •  Achieve zero waste to landfill via our waste contract by 2015/16
  •  Reduce waste mass (tonnes) per m2 GIA to 0.005 by 2015/16
  •  Increase % recycled waste proportion to 48.8 by 2015/16

Risk Management  

  •  Review asbestos management plan and data availability and format, by September 2013
  •  Conduct the first level of EMS related training for 80% of targeted staff by September 2013
  •  Develop a comprehensive site drainage plan and inspection and maintenance regime by Sept 2013
  •  Develop a comprehensive safe chemical and oil storage, handling and disposal plan by Sept 2013
  •  Develop and implement a spill response procedure by Sept 2013 

Sustainable Procurement  

  •  Achieve Level 5 of the SPAF in two areas by 2013/14 and three areas by 2014/15

Community Engagement 

  •  Run a series of themed months each year to engage staff and students with the need to manage the University’s significant environmental impacts
  •  Recruit at least 25 staff teams to second year of entry into Green Impact Universities in 2012/13


Be part of the system and REPORT any environmental accident/incidents e.g. 

  •          Fire
  •          Explosion
  •          Spillage, leakage or uncontrolled discharge of substances   
  •          Spillage of special, hazardous or restricted substances (e.g. oil, detergent, paint)  
  •          Emission to air of gas, dust, fumes or other pollutants  
  •          Pollution of water courses, surface water drains, foul water sewers  
  •          Contamination of land, flora, fauna
  •          Damage to archaeology, listed building, local heritage etc.    
  •          Noise, litter, light, odour, vibration or other nuisance            


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