UEA environmental sustainability in action UEA environmental sustainability in action

Front cover to 2015 Annual Environmental Report (click to access PDF report)

UEA reports on its sustainability performance each year. This report aims to enable comparison of data over time, as well as showcasing UEA sustainability for the 2015 calendar year.

The majority of data is reported for August 2014 to July 2015 to tie in with statistics submitted annually to the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA). We have indicated where this is not the case.

The Report is presented in three forms:

Front cover to Executive Summary of 2015 Annual Environmental Report (click to access PDF report)

  1. Full report: available to download at web resolution (*)
  2. Executive Summary: data appendices (*)
  3. Key extracts of data and case studies to relevant areas of the website (see bottom of the page)

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Key facts and figures Key facts and figures

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In 2015...

  • ...UEA used 322,295m3 of water. That’s the same as filling the Sportspark pool 207 times.
  • ...UEA used 21,459,750 sheets of paper, a drop of 6.9% from the previous year. We used 300 fewer trees as a result.
  • ...UEA imported 26,422,000kWh of electricity, which could be used to boil enough water to make 1,056,880,000 cups of tea! That would cover 6.76km2 (or UEA five times over), and provide all the staff at UEA with 864 cups of tea every day for a year.
  • ...The University emitted 1,831kgCO2e per student (scope 1 and 2 carbon emissions), the same as would be emitted by taking a return flight from London to Tokyo.
  • UEA has spent over £1million on cycle infrastructure in the past 10 years. For example, there are now over 3,600 cycle parking spaces on campus.

2015 highlights 2015 highlights

UEA is certified to the ISO14001 Standard

  • ISO 14001 certification and Platinum EcoCampus Award achieved May 2015 for our Environmental Management System — international recognition for policies, procedures and operational controls around sustainability across the University.
  • The Energy and Carbon Reduction Programme was approved by University Council in November 2015.
  • Significant performance improvement in biodiversity management, communications, and waste management, driven by active engagement and collaboration.

Carbon & energy






Recycling & waste



Our buildings






Travel & transport