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Environmental Management System

 

We are developing an Environmental Management System (EMS) at Edinburgh Napier.  We're using the EMS to systematically assess, plan and measure all environmental aspects and potential impacts at the University.  The EMS ensures that robust governance and management procedures are in place, including legislative compliance so to be assured that we reduce our potential environmental impact wherever possible.  Our EMS encapsulates 43 significant environmental aspects, essentially areas of measured impact associated with the University.

 

To develop our EMS we're utilising the support of EcoCampus to help break down all necessary tasks into manageable chunks.  EcoCampus provide four assessed stages of development.  We gained Bronze EcoCampus accreditation on Tuesday 12th March 2013, Silver on Wednesday 16th July 2014 and Gold on Wednesday 18th March 2015.  We plan to reach the Platinum Award, the final stage of EcoCampus, which is equal to ISO14001:2015 accreditation within the 2017/18 academic year.  ISO14001:2015 status will show internal and external partners that the University has robust procedures in place to manage and mitigate, where possible, environmental impact throughout all schools, departments and our estate.

 

For a brief overview of our work, encapsulated within our EMS to date, view our overarching EMS introductory presentation.  For a more detailed overview, including a comprehensive list of all work completed to date, read our Gold Award Checklist (dated March 2015).  The checklist encapsulates a wealth of information split into each clause.  As well as looking ahead, we are also using our EMS to pull together all historic, current and planned environmental priorities and programmes to ensure we embed a holistic approach and reduce the potential for environmental risk and impact.

 

Our Environmental Sustainability Policy, agreed by the Principal's Executive Group (now called the University Leadership Team) in November 2012 (annually ratified by the Environmental Sustainability Advisory Group), forms the backbone of our EMS commitment.  There are a multitude of other documents, plans, policies and standard operating procedures associated with our EMS development.  Some of the main ones are listed below.  Do not hesitate to contact Jamie Pearson, EMS Manager, if you have any queries:

 

Campus Map List and Scope of EMS

Competence, Training and Awareness Procedure

EMS Implementation Team

Environmental Review

General Requirements Procedure

Legislative List (March 2015)

Roles, Responsibilities and Training​


Day-to-day management of the EMS lies within the Environmental Sustainability Team, with ESAG overseeing all environmental work carried out. We always encourage staff, students and wider community to help with the development of our work, including the EMS. For more information visit our Environmental Sustainability Network page or contact Jamie Pearson.