Our purpose at UEA is to continue to build and develop our reputation as a leading UK university, delivering excellent research and teaching, and making a positive impact on the wider world. Our energy and carbon reduction programme speaks to our ongoing commitment to reduce the environmental impacts associated with our processes, activities and operations. Through infrastructure improvements and with help from our community of staff, researchers and students, we can look forward to the University of East Anglia continuing to inspire future generations of staff and students to step up to the carbon challenge.
– Professor David Richardson, Vice-Chancellor
The UEA has long been a leader in the field of environmental research and training and is committed to replicating this success in how we care for our campus and its surrounding environment.
Through effectively managing our estate, we strive to reduce the environmental impact of our operational activities and make a positive contribution to the local environment.
"I am proud to have been Chair of the Sustainability Board over a period of growth and increased engagement with the UEA community." (Read more in the 2015 Annual Environmental Report)
– Professor Phil Gilmartin, Chair of the Sustainability Board and Dean of the Faculty of Science
Sustainability is included within the portfolio of responsibilities of two members of UEA's Executive Team. Professor Phil Gilmartin, Dean of the Faculty of Science, chairs the Sustainability Board. Professor Dylan Edwards, Dean of the Faculty of Medical Health, is also a Board member.
The Sustainability Board, which meets quarterly, supports and influences initiatives to improve performance at Executive Board level.
The sustainability performance budget sits within the Estates and Facilities Division and has remained stable. In addition we have recently invested c£4.5 million on replacing central boiler plant, upgrading CHPs, and installing thermal storage tanks on our district heating network. These will significantly reduce energy consumption and reduce UEA's carbon emissions to below the 1990 baseline.
We have £615,000 p.a. to invest in energy-saving measures over the next 3 years and we are coordinating end of life replacement of building service plant to try and deliver an additional 25% reduction in energy consumption. This represents an additional £500,000 of investment from previous years.
Find out more about the Energy and Carbon Reduction Programme
UEA's Environmental Management System (EMS) was first successfully audited to international standard ISO 14001 in May 2015. It has also been awarded the top level of the EcoCampus programme for EMS development within the HE sector, the EcoCampus Platinum Award.
UEA is certificated to the ISO 14001 (2004) standard until May 2018.
UEA's EMS covers all operational and research activity: 'Education, research and support services'. Many universities challenge themselves to a smaller scope.
UEA's Sustainability Team coordinate the delivery of EMS targets, alongside colleagues from across the University. A multi-stakeholder Implementation Team is responsible for the delivery and reporting of objectives and targets under each environmental impact area, for example Procurement or Energy & Carbon. These Implementation Teams report to the Sustainability Board, and from there to the UEA Executive Team.
Core elements of our management system
- Our Environmental Policy establishes our sustainable environmental management goals and principles of our approach to environmental management.
- Our sustainability management structure sets responsibilities to ensure we have the resources to achieve our goals.
- Our Environmental Programme, as determined by each impact area's Implementation Team, helps to deliver commitments in our Environmental Policy.
- Our Annual Environmental Reports show progress towards KPIs and targets in each environmental impact area.
- General environmental awareness training is delivered to all staff through induction programmes. A programme of job-specific training is on-going, for example biodiversity training for all project managers and relevant staff. Several student induction programmes also include sustainability lectures.