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University of Bath awarded 1st class in the People & Planet Green League 2011

Case Study from the University

Institutional change logo transition

The development and adoption of our Carbon Management Plan is a highlight for us this year. This is an area we have always been at the forefront of, having been the very first UK University to take part in the Carbon Trust process in 2003, and also setting a SMART target for carbon back in 2004 (which we achieved last year). This Plan now moves us on to the next stage with new challenging targets in line with the sector and national targets, and is being seen as an exemplar by the Carbon Trust.

We are also very proud of our latest BREEAM Excellent building, designed for high energy efficiency using the Termodeck concrete-cool solution. We are now the only site in the UK to have buildings with both this and the German Kiefer system of concrete-cooling, used in our previous newest BREEAM Excellent building. The new East building also incorporates a roof covered in solar panels (145m2 area).

We can also demonstrate a reduction in electricity use of 9% in 3 years, with 1,360 tCO2 saved annually. Allowing for new buildings commissioned during this period, the actual reduction is approx 15% or 2185 tonnes CO2 saved.

Scorecard

So how did University of Bath score against the 13 Policy & Performance criteria in the People & Planet Green League 2011? Check out the full breakdown below.

Policy & Management Section

Excellent performance1. Environmental Policy

Total Score: 5/5 points.

Criteria

Score

Does University of Bath have a publicly available environmental policy?

1

Is it reported on annually at a senior level?

2

Does it set SMART targets reduce environmental impacts in all the following areas?:

  • Biodiversity
  • Community involvement
  • Construction and refurbishment
  • Emissions and discharges
  • Sustainable procurement
  • Transport
  • Waste
  • Water

2

Could do better2. Environmental Management Staff FTE

Total Score: 6/8 points.

University of Bath has 1.5 staff dedicated to environmental management per 5000 students (capped at 15,000 students), giving a score of 6 out of 8 points.

Poor performance3. Environmental Auditing and Management Systems

Total Score: 3.5/8 points.

Criteria

Score

University of Bath has audited its environmental impacts in the following areas within the last five years (0.5 points for each area):

  • Biodiversity
  • Construction and refurbishment
  • Emissions and discharges
  • Energy
  • Sustainable procurement
  • Transport
  • Waste
  • Water

3.5

Does University of Bath operate an externally audited Environmental Management System (e.g. ISO14001, EMAS, Ecocampus, Green Dragon, IEMA Acorn Scheme [BS8885])?

0

Poor performance4. Ethical Investment

Total Score: 1/3 points.

Criteria

Score

Does University of Bath have a publicly available ethical investment policy?

0

Is the publicly available ethical investment policy reported on annually and/or are there ongoing opportunities for staff, students and other stakeholders to engage with the policy?

1

Has University of Bath, on ethical grounds: a) divested, b) invested, c) engaged with companies as a shareholder, or d) changed banking provider in the last year?

0

Excellent performance5. Carbon Management

Total Score: 6/7 points.

Criteria

Score

Does University of Bath have a publicly available Carbon Management Plan which meets the Carbon Trust and Capital Investment Framework requirements?

2

How ambitious is University of Bath’s average annual % carbon reduction target (calculated from an institution’s short-term targets from a 2005 baseline)

2

The scope of University of Bath’s carbon management plan baseline & targets includes emissions from the following areas:

  • Procurement
  • Staff and student business trips e.g. flights to conferences and field trips
  • Staff and students commuting to university on a daily basis
  • Carbon emissions associated with the travel between students’ homes and the university at the start and end of term (including international students’ travel to and from their home country)

2

Could do better6. Fairtrade & Ethical Procurement

Total Score: 1/2 points.

Criteria

Score

Is University of Bath an accredited Fairtrade University with the Fairtrade Foundation.

1

Does University of Bath have a joint staff/student steering group with the remit of going beyond Fairtrade and increasing the sustainability of all procurement categories?

0

Is University of Bath affiliated to the Worker Rights Consortium, in order to monitor the suppliers and parts of its garment supply chains that are not covered by Fairtrade certification?

0

Poor performance7. Sustainable Food

Total Score: 0.5/2 points.

Criteria

Score

Does University of Bath have a publicly available Sustainable Food policy which sets specific timebound targets for improvements?

0

Is the sustainable food policy reported on annually at a senior level?

0

University of Bath is implementing the following sustainable food practices or is working towards Soil Association Food for Life catering mark:

  • only purchasing/using free-range eggs: Yes
  • only purchasing/using sustainable fish: Yes
  • Menus change with the availability of seasonal produce: Yes
  • not selling bottled water through its hospitaility services: No

0.5

Excellent performance8. Staff & Student Engagement

Total Score: 3/3 points.

The following activities to engage students and staff in sustainability issues are taking place at University of Bath:

  • Students’ Union or Students’ Association associated to the institution has achieved a Bronze, Silver or Gold Award in this year’s Green Impact Union Awards (or similar) Yes

  • University actively supports an annual Go Green Week or Environment Week Yes

  • Staff engagement scheme to involve staff in improving the environmental performance of the university- for eg. Green Impact Universities or departmental eco-champions Yes

  • Initiatives to increase energy saving behaviour of all students in halls of residence (eg. Student Switch Off) Yes

  • Initiatives to increase recycling behaviour of all students in halls of residence Yes

  • Student representation on all university committees concerned with estates, planning, finance and resource allocation. Yes

  • Environmental awareness-raising campaigns that reach all students and staff Yes

  • Coursework linked to sustainability projects within the university/estates department. Yes

  • Availability of university funds for student or staff-led practical sustainability projects (eg. campus allotments, recycling schemes etc) No

  • Oversight and involvement of students and staff in the development and ongoing moni- toring of Carbon Management Plan. Yes

  • Provision of space for student / staff food-growing projects Yes

  • All staff inductions cover sustainability policy and issues Yes

  • Trade Union climate action groups (eg. GreenReps) or time off to participate in Union- linked sustainability initiatives. Yes

no data9. Curriculum

Total Score: 0/2 points.

The following activities to integrate sustainability issues throughout the curriculum are taking place at University of Bath:

  • Is there a commitment to integrate sustainability into the curriculum in their Corporate or Strategic Plan? No
  • Is there a commitment to integrate sustainability into the curriculum in their Teaching and Learning Strategy? No
  • Is there a commitment to integrate sustainability into the curriculum in the Environmental Policy? No
  • Is support or training made available to all staff to help them integrate sustainability into the curriculum? No
  • Is there a review and reporting process in place to monitor the integration of sustainability into the curriculum? No

Performance Section

Excellent performance10. Renewable Energy

Total Score: 5/6

Criteria

Score

University of Bath purchases 86.00% of its electricity from renewable sources.

3/3

University of Bath generates 520101 kWh of its energy by Combined Heat and Power (CHP).

1/1

University of Bath generates 0.08% energy on-site from Low or Zero-Carbon energy sources.

1/2

Poor performance11. Waste & Recycling

Total Score: 3/8

Criteria

Score

University of Bath recycles 58.96% of its total waste.

3/4

University of Bath produces 720.56 kg of waste per head

0/4

Poor performance12. Carbon Reduction

Total Score: 3/10

Criteria

Score

University of Bath's average carbon emissions per head is 1643.25kg CO2eq

1/6

University of Bath has decreased its emissions since 2005 by 10.05%

2/4

no data13: Water Consumption

Total Score: 0/6

Criteria

Score

University of Bath uses 23.05kl water per head.

0/4

0.0000% of University of Bath's water comes from grey or rain water sources.

0/2

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