Cranfield University People & Planet University League 2017 Scorecard

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Section Score
1. Environmental Sustainability; Policy and Strategy 30
2. Human Resources for Sustainability 35
3. Environmental Auditing & Management Systems 70
4. Ethical Investment 0
5. Carbon Management 5
6. Workers Rights 25
7. Sustainable Food 0
8. Staff and Student Engagement 5
9. Education for Sustainable Development 10
10. Energy Sources 62.5
11. Waste and Recycling 37.5
12. Carbon Reduction 67.5
13. Water Reduction 0

Section 1. Environmental Sustainability; Policy and Strategy


The full methodology for this section can be found here.

We looked at Cranfield University's publicly available environmental policy - you can read it here if we found one:


We wanted to see that the policy wasn't just sitting in a dusty desktop year after year and we needed to know that the policy meant something to staff, students and decision makers at the university. So to score 50% here, the policy needed to have been published within the last 5 years and demonstrate that it was reviewed regularly by someone sitting in a senior position at the university (because if the university is failing to uphold their policy, then someone should know about it ..... and be able to do something about it).

1) Cranfield University scored: 0 / 50% for their environmental policy

Next we looked at whether the policy was accompanied with a plan for action or Sustainability Strategy, you can read it here if we one found one:

The university could only score 50% if they had set SMART targets in all 8 of key areas below, and if we could see that the strategy had been reviewed in the last 5 years, (much like the environmental policy, a strategy only works if people are using it), and we didn't give credit for strategies that were out of date:

  • Construction & Refurbishment
  • Emissions & Discharges
  • Community involvement
  • Biodiversity
  • Waste management
  • Travel and Transport
  • Sustainable procurement
  • Water

We found that Cranfield University is working towards targets in the following areas:

Waste management, Transport, Water, Construction and Refurbishment, Emissions and Discharges and Biodiversity


2) Cranfield University scored 30 / 50% for their sustainability strategy.

35% Section 2. Human Resources for Sustainability


The full methodology for how we score this section here.

Having a policy on environment and ethics is a good start - working out how to meet the policy with a strategy is a great start - next we wanted to see how well Cranfield University resource their policy and strategy. You can't meet your targets without dedicated staff to do all the hard work!

We looked to see whether environmental sustainability if someone in the university senior management team has responsibility for sustainability. It really helps when climate and social justice issues are the responsibility of someone who can make decisions about how the action can be resourced. If we found that someone, you can read about them here:

1) Cranfield University scored 20/20% for senior responsibility for sustainability

We also wanted to see how many staff were currently employed to work on sustainability issues, and whether students and staff could find them easily online and contact them. We thought the number of sustainability staff should also be shown in relation to the number of staff and students at the university.

Cranfield University has 1885 students,1000 - 2000 staff and 0 sustainability staff

When assessing the number of dedicated sustainability staff at Cranfield University - we looked for the following info:

  • job title / role
  • contact info
  • specific area of sustainability

If we found that information, here's the link:

2) Cranfield University scored 0/55% for numbers of sustainability staff

Once a university has employed staff, it can be hard for them to do their job without money available. People & Planet looked for evidence that the sustainability strategy was resourced with a budget and that costs were included as part of the commitment.

3) Cranfield University scored 0/10% for evidence of a budget to fund the sustainability strategy.

It isn't just the job of sustainability staff ... the whole university community is key to the culture of sustainable development, and when properly supported, they can make all the difference!
We looked at whether the university supported a staff engagement scheme (like Eco-Champions or inter-departmental green team competitions) to engage all staff across the university in environmental and ethical practice through training, workshops and projects.

4) Cranfield University scored 15/15% for supporting a staff engagement scheme.

70% Section 3. Environmental Auditing & Management Systems


The full methodology for this section is here.

We looked at how well Cranfield University manages and audit their environmental performance and progress. If you can't measure it, you can't improve it!

Cranfield University is accredited to an externally verified environmental management system (EMS). It scored 70/100% for the level and coverage of its EMS.

P.S We know this all sounds very technical ... find out more about Environmental Management Systems

0% Section 4. Ethical Investment


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Investments in the fossil fuel industry or arms trade can be contradictory to an institutions broader sustainability aims and goals. A strong ethical investment policy ensures an institution’s investments and banking practices are conducted transparently and in an economically-viable, socially-responsible manner.

1a) Cranfield University scored 0/10% for having a publicly available ethical investment policy. The policy is here if we found one: (N/A)

1b) and  0/60% for including specifics within the policy, including: (N/A)

2) Cranfield University scored 0/10% for reviewing and making progress on the policy's objectives - which is here is we found it: (N/A)

3) 0/20% for making a public announcement that it won't invest in fossil fuels and or arms, and if they have, you'll find it here: (N/A)

When looking at our Fossil Free university campaign aims, here's Cranfield University's own Fossil Free outlook:

Divestment Commitment partial
Divested from coal and tar sands but not other Fossil Fuels.

Fossil Free Scorecard: Cranfield University


Invested in fossil fuels. That’s 6.4% of total endowment fund of £6,187,000
Data estimated from FoI

Research funding

£890,516 Research funding from fossil fuel industry, including: BP, Rio Tinto, Statoil

(No research funding into renewables industry since 2001.)

Fossil Fuel Industry Links

received in donations from fossil fuel industry 2009-2014 including Chevron, RWE, Shell.
Honorary degrees awarded to: Lord John Browne, Chief Exectuve of BP (1998-2007)
Board positions given to Fossil Fuel industry: Sir David Arculus Chair, Energy UK.


NatWest £4.4m in bank
YourCash ATMs on campus
Santander Branches on campus
Note: Divested via their fund manager CCLA.

5% Section 5. Carbon Management

5%How well is Cranfield University managing its carbon emissions?

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As it's a funding requirement, there aren't many universities that don't have a plan for managing and reducing carbon emissions, here's what we found:

1) Cranfield University scored 0/25% for having a publicly available carbon management plan that meets set standards

Jargon buster: the following are examples of greenhouse gas emissions called 'scope 3' emissions: business travel, student and staff commute travel, student end of term travel home, supply chain (stuff the university buys) and waste (i.e. rubbish).

2a) 0/5% for including scope 3 emissions within the university Carbon Management Plan.

2b) 5/5% for reporting the university's scope 3 emissions to the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA). 

In the most recent year, Cranfield University reported emissions from: waste and supply chain to HESA.

It's important that universities aren't forgetting their halls of residences or other student and staff accommodation when thinking about carbon emissions. If we found info on this, it will be here: (N/A)

2c) Cranfield University scored 0/5% for publishing carbon emission data related to both in-house and externally provided student accommodation.

3) Cranfield University scored 0/30% for including baseline figures for scope 3 carbon emissions  in the following: (N/A).

Cranfield University  scored 0/30% for including targets to reduce scope 3 carbon emissions including (N/A).

25% Section 6. Workers Rights

25%Is Cranfield University behaving responsibly to those it employs and those who work in its supply chains?

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1) Cranfield University scores 0/25% for being a Living Wage accredited employer.

2) Cranfield University scores 15/15% for being a Fairtrade status University

3) Cranfield University scores 10/40% for improving workers rights in the university's ITC supply chain by working with Electronics Watch

4) Cranfield University scores 0/20% for improving workers rights in an area of the university supply chain other than electronics

0% Section 7. Sustainable Food

0%How sustainable is the food and catering at Cranfield University?

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1) Cranfield University scores 0/10% for having a publicly available sustainable food policy meeting set standards

If we found one, it should be here: (N/A)

2) Cranfield University scores 0/50% for continual improvement in sustainable food across the university catering outlets and conference services through a sustainable food framework and for the level reached on that framework OR for sustainable food activities

3) Cranfield University scores 0/10% for specifying that contract caterers and suppliers meet the requirements of the university sustainable food policy

4a) Cranfield University scores 0/5% for being certified to the Marine Stewardship Council standards - ensuring traceability of sustainable fish all the way to your plate

4b) Cranfield University scores 0/5% for using local food in university catering or campus to kitchen food projects

4c) Cranfield University scores 0/5% for providing free access to drinking water across the university and for highlighting where this can be found on the university website (here if we found it): (N/A)

5) Cranfield University scores 0/15% for providing space or other resources for university community food projects

If they are, you can find out more here:

5% Section 8. Staff and Student Engagement


How well is Cranfield University engaging its staff and students in sustainability?

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1) Cranfield University scores 5/60% for having a strategy in place for student and staff engagement that includes a framework to track progress against smart targets and for including the following engagement actions:

d go green or environment themed week

  • Oversight and involvement of students and staff in the development and ongoing monitoring of the university Carbon Management Plan.
  • Oversight and involvement of students and staff in the development and ongoing monitoring of the university environment or sustainability policy / plan / strategy.
  • Engagement opportunities for sustainability are a component of student induction processes.
  • University actively supports an annual Go Green Week or environment / sustainability week.
  • The university runs environmental sustainability campaigns that reach all students and staff.
  • Availability of university funds and / or resources /support for student or staff-led practical sustainability projects

2) Cranfield University scores 0/10% for evidence that the university sustainability policy is included in staff inductions, and if it is, you can see more here: (N/A)

3) Cranfield University scores 0/10% for Trades Union representation on the membership of sustainability strategy committees

4) Cranfield University scores 0/10% for student representation on university committees concerned with estates, planning, finance and strategic decision making. 

5) Cranfield University scores 0/10% for students' union progress towards environmental sustainability.

10% Section 9. Education for Sustainable Development


How well is Cranfield University including sustainability in its education?

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1) Cranfield University scores 0/20% for its public commit to education for sustainable development (ESD)

2a) Cranfield University scores0/50% for having a framework or strategy for ESD


3) Cranfield University scores 0/10% for providing suitable support and training for ESD

4) Cranfield University scores 0/10% for evidence of student coursework linked to sustainability projects to improve the environmental manegement of the university (often called the Living Lab)

5) 10/10% for supporting or highlighting School, Faculty or Research team projects for Sustainability, including the pedgagogy of sustainability

62.5% Section 10. Energy Sources

62.5%Where does Cranfield University get its energy from?

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1) Cranfield University scores 45/45% for using combined heat and power (CHP) energy.

2) Cranfield University scores 17.5/35% for generating some its own electricity (the more it generates the higher the score).

3) Cranfield University scores 0.0/20% for buying some or all of its electricity from renewable sources. 

37.5% Section 11. Waste and Recycling


How does Cranfield University perform on waste, as compared to other universities?

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1) Cranfield University scores 37.5/50% for recycling 64.48% of its waste.

2) Cranfield University scores 0.0/50% for the amount of waste per head (staff and students) compared to the rest of the sector.

67.5% Section 12. Carbon Reduction


How well is Cranfield University reducing its carbon emissions?

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1) 30.0/50% for carbon intensity change over the last 12 months (since the last University League).

2) 37.5/50% for achieving a 32.47% reduction in its carbon emissions since a 2005 baseline.

0% Section 13. Water Reduction

0%How responsibly is Cranfield University using water?

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1) 0.0/67% for its use of water per head (staff and students) compared to other universities

2) 0.0/33% for use of grey water (like rain water harvesting)

---Below is the text your uni submitted last year. It might not still be relevant/true/up to date, and is only included here for your convenience. It is your responsibility to edit/remove/update it for an accurate submission this year. Please also delete this note.--- In September 2012 the University piloted a new ‘Green Moveout’ scheme which allowed students vacating that summer to donate unwanted, reusable items of clothing, bedding, electronic equipment and other items to charity. This was a scheme originated as a way of curbing the total waste sent to landfill during the student vacate period at the end of summer, and helping to support our Emmaus homeless charity in Carlton Village and Oxfam in Bedford. By working with Green Teams and volunteers we were able to sort through the mountain of donated goods, successfully diverting 1.7 tonnes of waste from landfill, and raising £400-500 for Oxfam in Bedford, and £850 for Emmaus homeless charity in Carlton. The poorer quality duvets and bedsheets were donated to animal shelters including Hula Shelter in Salford, Wood Green Animal shelter in Cambridgeshire, and Stray Cat Rescue in Toddington. This scheme was a pilot and acted as a benchmark for similar future schemes. Whilst we plan to run the Green Moveout as an annual event at the end of each academic year we realised that there is still a lot of waste goods and furniture generated by staff and students throughout the year which could be reused. We worked closed with our waste contractor Cawleys during the Green Moveout to engage them in this project and they have donated a pink and yellow spotty container to the University for storage of unwanted furniture. This allows us to offer the goods to Emmaus, Bedford Carers and similar local projects throughout the year rather than sending such items directly for recycling or disposal. The image attached shows the Energy and Environment team and some volunteers with the Emmaus Charity team who we donated to, and the Cawleys waste management company representatives , who gave us the pink and yellow container for storing charity goods. A press release about the Green Moveout initiative is also available here -

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