King's College London People & Planet University League 2016 Scorecard

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Section Score
1. Environmental Sustainability; Policy and Strategy 50
2. Human Resources for Sustainability 60
3. Environmental Auditing & Management Systems 35
4. Ethical Investment 40
5. Carbon Management 75
6. Workers Rights 0
7. Sustainable Food 15
8. Staff and Student Engagement 80
9. Education for Sustainable Development 10
10. Energy Sources 63
11. Waste and Recycling 63
12. Carbon Reduction 30
13. Water Reduction 28

Section 1. Environmental Sustainability; Policy and Strategy


We looked at King's College London's publicly available environmental policy - you can read it here: (if there isn't a link below then the university didn't have 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).

King's College London scored: 50 / 50% for an active 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 there isn't a link below then the university may not have had one)

The university could only score 50% if they had set SMART targets in all 8 of these key areas:

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

King's College London is working towards targets in the following areas:

Waste management, Construction and Refurbishment, Emissions and Discharges and Community involvement

King's College London scored 0 / 50% for an action plan with targets.

60% Section 2. Human Resources for Sustainability


We looked at how well King's College London resource their environmental policy.

We looked to see whether there was public evidence that environmental sustainability is included within the portfolio of responsibilities of a member of the university senior management team.

King's College London scored 15/15% for senior responsibility for sustainability

King's College London has 19960 students,1000 - 2000 staff and 7 sustainability staff

When assessing the number of dedicated sustainability staff at King's College London - we looked for the following info:

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

King's College London scored 30/55% for employing contactable sustainability staff

People & Planet are keen to see that university sustainability budgets are not being cut at this crucial time for cutting carbon emissions and equipping students with sustainability education. We looked for evidence that staff were resourced with the finances needed to improve sustainability ..... this was a tricky thing to assess.

King's College London scored 0/15% for providing a budget for sustainable development

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.

King's College London scored 15/15% for supporting staff engagement with sustainability.

35% Section 3. Environmental Auditing & Management Systems


We looked at how well King's College London manages and audits its environmental performance and progress.

King's College London 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.

King's College London scored 35/40% for auditing in the following areas:

Waste management, Sustainable procurement, Energy, Water, Construction and refurbishment, Emissions and discharges and Biodiversity


40% Section 4. Ethical Investment 2016


It's obviously no good being sustainable on campus if you're funding the university from unethical, unsustainable investments elsewhere.

gizmo:ul16:university] scored 10/10% for having a publicly available ethical investment policy

  • 0/60% for extra effort in this area

including: (N/A)

  • 10/10% for making progress on the policy's objectives
  • 10/10% for providing opportunities for staff and students to engage with the policy
  • 10/10% for making a public announcement that it won't invest in fossil fuels

When looking at our Fossil Free university campaign aims, here's King's College London's own Fossil Free outlook:

Divestment Commitment full
Divested from all fossil fuels

Fossil Free Scorecard: King's College London


Invested in fossil fuels. That’s 6.5% of total endowment fund of £156,955,169
Data estimated from FoI

Research funding

£16,000,880 Research funding from fossil fuel industry, including: BP

£384,160 Research funding into renewables industry since 2001.

Fossil Fuel Industry Links

received in donations from fossil fuel industry 2009-2014 including RWE npower.
Honorary degrees awarded to: No honorary degrees awarded.
Board positions given to Fossil Fuel industry: Sir Nigel Sheinwald: a Non-Executive Director of Royal Dutch Shell and Mr Chris Mottershead: joined King’s College London in 2009 after retiring from BP.
Note: Fossil fuel extraction research funding does not include all oils and gas research. Data will be available soon.

75% Section 5. Carbon Management

75%How well is King's College London managing its carbon emissions?

  • 25/25% for having a publicly available carbon management plan that meets set standards
  • 5/5% for including scope 3 emissions within the university Carbon Management Plan
  • 5/5% for reporting the university scope 3 emissions to the Higher Education Statistics Agency
  • 0/5% for publishing carbon emission data related to both in-house and externally provided student accommodation
  • 20/30% for including baseline figures for scope 3 carbon emissions
  • 20/30% for including targets to reduce scope 3 carbon emissions

0% Section 6. Workers Rights

0%Is King's College London behaving responsibly to those it employs and those who work in its supply chains?

  • 0/20% for being a Living Wage accredited employer.
  • 0/15% for being a Fairtrade status University
  • 0/5% for using Fairtrade cotton for university staff uniforms
  • 0/40% for improving workers rights in the university's ITC supply chain by working with Electronics Watch
  • 0/20% for improving workers rights in another product category of the university supply chain

15% Section 7. Sustainable Food 2016

15%Is King's College London using sustainable food?

  • 0/10% for having a publicy available sustainable food policy meeting set standards
  • 0/50% for continual improvement in sustainable food across university catering outlets and conference services
  • 0/10% for specifying that contract caterers and supplies adhere to the requirements of the university sustainable food policy
  • 0/5% for university food outlets with Marine Stewardship Council certification - ensuring traceability of sustainable fish all the way to your plate
  • 0/5% for using local food in university catering or campus to kitchen food projects
  • 0/5% for providing free access to drinking water across the university and for highlighting where this can be found on the university website
  • 15/15% for providing space or other resources for student and staff led growing schemes or sustainable food projects

80% Section 8. Staff and Student Engagement


How well is King's College London engaging its staff and students in sustainability?

60/60% 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:

  • 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

10/10% for including sustainability policy in staff inductions

0/10% for engaging trade unions in its sustainability policy

0/10% for including student representation on setting sustainability policy

10/10% for students' union progress towards environmental sustainability.

10% Section 9. Education for Sustainable Development


How well is King's College London including sustainability in its education?

  • 0/20% for its public commit to education for sustainable development (ESD)
  • 0/50% for having a framework or strategy for ESD
  • 0/10% for providing suitable support and training for ESD
  • 0/10% for evidence of student coursework linked to sustainability projects to improve the environmental manegement of the university (often called the Living Lab)
  • 10/10% for supporting or highlighting School, Faculty or Research team projects for Sustainability, including the pedgagogy of sustainability

63% Section 10. Energy Sources 2016

63%Where does King's College London get its energy from?

  • 45/45% for using combined heat and power (CHP) energy.
  • 18/35% for generating its own electricity
  • 0/20% for use of renewable electricity tariffs.

63% Section 11. Waste and Recycling


How does King's College London perform on waste, as compared to other universities?

  • 13/50% for recycling 44.04% of its waste.
  • 50/50% for waste mass per head compared to the rest of the sector.

30% Section 12. Carbon Reduction


How well is King's College London managing to reduce its carbon emissions?

  • 30/50% for carbon intensity change since the last University League.
  • 0/50% for achieving a -21.20% reduction in its carbon emissions since a 2005 baseline.

28% Section 13. Water Reduction

28%How responsibly is King's College London using water?

  • 17/67% for its use of water per head compared to other universities
  • 11/33% for use of grey water