University of Dundee People & Planet University League 2017 Scorecard

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Section Score
1. Environmental Sustainability; Policy and Strategy 70
2. Human Resources for Sustainability 40
3. Environmental Auditing & Management Systems 10
4. Ethical Investment 0
5. Carbon Management 50
6. Workers Rights 40
7. Sustainable Food 0
8. Staff and Student Engagement 20
9. Education for Sustainable Development 30
10. Energy Sources 69.2
11. Waste and Recycling 50
12. Carbon Reduction 25
13. Water Reduction 16.8

Section 1. Environmental Sustainability; Policy and Strategy

70%

The full methodology for this section can be found here.

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

www.dundee.ac.uk/estates/energy&environment/environmentalpolicystatement/

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) University of Dundee scored: 50 / 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:

www.dundee.ac.uk/estates/energy-environment/environmentaltargets/

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environmental policy, a strategy only works if people are using it), and we didn't give credit for strategies that were out of date: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 University of Dundee is working towards targets in the following areas:

Waste management, Transport, Sustainable Procurement, Water and Construction and Refurbishment

Therefore...

2) University of Dundee scored 20 / 50% for their sustainability strategy.

40% Section 2. Human Resources for Sustainability

40%

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 University of Dundee 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: www.dundee.ac.uk/estates/energy&environment/environmentalpolicystatement/

1) University of Dundee 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.

University of Dundee has 9530 students,1000 - 2000 staff and 3 sustainability staff

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

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

If we found that information, here's the link: www.dundee.ac.uk/estates/energy-environment/

2) University of Dundee scored 20/55% 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) University of Dundee 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) University of Dundee scored 0/15% for supporting a staff engagement scheme.

10% Section 3. Environmental Auditing & Management Systems

10%

The full methodology for this section is here.

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

is not accredited to an externally verified environmental management system (EMS) so we scored it according to it's own management systems as described on their website (or not). We looked for regular auditing in 8 key areas. The audits needed to have established a baseline (i.e. measured where progress was at in that moment in time), and to have been undertaken or updated in the last 5 years.

scored /40% for auditing in the following areas:

 

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) University of Dundee 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) University of Dundee 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 University of Dundee's own Fossil Free outlook:

Divestment Commitment none

Fossil Free Scorecard: University of Dundee

Investments

£2,503,705
▲ Up
Invested in fossil fuels. Including:
  • £669,780 Shell
  • £573,403 BP
  • £342,925 BHP Billiton
That’s 11.9% of total endowment fund of £21,098,047
Fossil fuel investments have increased by 549,521 between 2013 and 2014. Data direct from FoI

Research funding

? The university has not disclosed how much research funding goes into fossil fuels.

£2,670,004 Research funding into renewables industry since 2001.

Fossil Fuel Industry Links

£10,000
received in donations from fossil fuel industry 2009-2014 including BP.
Honorary degrees awarded to: Honorary degree for Lord John Browne, Chief Exectuve of BP (Awarded 1998).
Board positions given to Fossil Fuel industry: No positions on boards/committees awarded to fossil fuel company executives.

Banking

RBS £Money in bank ATMs on campus
Barclays £Money in bank
Royal London Cash Management £Money in bank
Lloyds £Money in bank
Santander £Money in bank
Handelsbanken £Money in bank
CLydesdale ATMs on campus
Note: Requests relating to fossil fuel extraction research funding were not responded to.

50% Section 5. Carbon Management

50%How well is University of Dundee 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: www.dundee.ac.uk/media/dundeewebsite/estates/documents/energyenvironment/carbonplan.pdf

1) University of Dundee scored 25/25% 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) 5/5% for including scope 3 emissions within the university Carbon Management Plan.

2b) 0/5% for reporting the university's scope 3 emissions to the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA). 

In the most recent year, University of Dundee reported emissions from: (N/A) 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) University of Dundee scored 0/5% for publishing carbon emission data related to both in-house and externally provided student accommodation.

3) University of Dundee scored 20/30% for including baseline figures for scope 3 carbon emissions  in the following: Waste , Water , Procurement and Travel. business trips.

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

40% Section 6. Workers Rights

40%Is University of Dundee behaving responsibly to those it employs and those who work in its supply chains?

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

2) University of Dundee scores 0/15% for being a Fairtrade status University

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

4) University of Dundee 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 University of Dundee?

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

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

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

4c) University of Dundee 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) University of Dundee scores 0/15% for providing space or other resources for university community food projects

If they are, you can find out more here: www.dundee.ac.uk/botanic/

20% Section 8. Staff and Student Engagement

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

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1) University of Dundee scores 10/60% 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:

b sustainability policy and strategy and e climate or sustainability or social change campaigns reaching the whole university community

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

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

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

30% Section 9. Education for Sustainable Development

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How well is University of Dundee including sustainability in its education?

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

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

2b)

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

4) University of Dundee 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

69.2% Section 10. Energy Sources

69.2%Where does University of Dundee get its energy from?

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

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

3) University of Dundee scores 6.7/20% for buying some or all of its electricity from renewable sources. 

50% Section 11. Waste and Recycling

50%

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

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1) University of Dundee scores 37.5/50% for recycling 64.39% of its waste.

2) University of Dundee scores 12.5/50% for the amount of waste per head (staff and students) compared to the rest of the sector.

25% Section 12. Carbon Reduction

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How well is University of Dundee reducing its carbon emissions?

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1) 0/50% for carbon intensity change over the last 12 months (since the last University League).

2) 25.0/50% for achieving a 25.68% reduction in its carbon emissions since a 2005 baseline.

16.8% Section 13. Water Reduction

16.8%How responsibly is University of Dundee using water?

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1) 16.8/67% 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)

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