25 June 2015
UEA has joined the small body of UK universities who have achieved ISO 14001 certification for their environmental management system (EMS).
Following a two-day audit at the end of May 2015, UEA successfully retained the top award level as part of the national EcoCampus EMS programme and also achieved the internationally-recognised ISO 14001 certificate. Only 16 other universities have achieved the Platinum EcoCampus award, and 13 of these also hold ISO 14001.
We have always been serious about reducing our negative environmental impacts, but the process involved in successfully achieving ISO 14001 certification has given us a structure, a rigour and a clear progression plan for ongoing improvement.
– Andy Watts, EMS Manager
BS EN ISO 14001:2004 is the international standard for environmental management systems and helps to control activities at UEA that could have an impact on the environment, as well as ensuring legal compliance.
The audit included speaking with representatives of work across the University, including Estates teams involved in waste and grounds management. Professor Phil Gilmartin, Dean of the Faculty of Science and Chair of the University’s Sustainability Board, provided EMS management oversight and discussed the strategic direction of sustainability at the University.
A key element of the ongoing strategy includes staff and students being given the opportunity to either find out more or be directly involved in improving UEA’s environmental impact. See more information on getting involved here.