Newcastle University People & Planet University League 2017 Scorecard

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Section Score
1. Environmental Sustainability; Policy and Strategy 90
2. Human Resources for Sustainability 75
3. Environmental Auditing & Management Systems 100
4. Ethical Investment 40
5. Carbon Management 100
6. Workers Rights 15
7. Sustainable Food 55
8. Staff and Student Engagement 50
9. Education for Sustainable Development 55
10. Energy Sources 62.5
11. Waste and Recycling 87.5
12. Carbon Reduction 42.5
13. Water Reduction 27.8

Section 1. Environmental Sustainability; Policy and Strategy

90%

The full methodology for this section can be found here.

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

www.ncl.ac.uk/sustainable-campus/assets/documents/EnvironmentalPolicy2015_Approved.pdf

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) Newcastle University 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.ncl.ac.uk/sustainable-campus/about/ems/objectives.htm

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policy, a strategy only works if people are using it), and we didn't give credit for strategies that were out of date: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

Waste management, Transport, Sustainable Procurement, Water, Construction and Refurbishment, Community involvement and Biodiversity

Therefore...

2) Newcastle University scored 40 / 50% for their sustainability strategy.

75% Section 2. Human Resources for Sustainability

75%

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 Newcastle 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: www.ncl.ac.uk/executive/board/members/tony-stevenson.htm

1) Newcastle 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.

Newcastle University has 19420 students,1000 - 2000 staff and 7 sustainability staff

When assessing the number of dedicated sustainability staff at Newcastle 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: www.ncl.ac.uk/sustainable-campus/about/

2) Newcastle University scored 30/55% 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) Newcastle University scored 10/10% 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) Newcastle University scored 15/15% for supporting a staff engagement scheme.

100% Section 3. Environmental Auditing & Management Systems

100%

The full methodology for this section is here.

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

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

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

40% Section 4. Ethical Investment

40%

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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) Newcastle University scored 10/10% for having a publicly available ethical investment policy. The policy is here if we found one: www.ncl.ac.uk/media/wwwnclacuk/freedomofinformation/files/Socially%20Responsible%20Investment%20Policy.pdf

1b) and  15/60% for including specifics within the policy, including: Students on committee 10 and Public investments 5

2) Newcastle University scored 10/10% for reviewing and making progress on the policy's objectives - which is here is we found it: www.ncl.ac.uk/press/news/2016/05/divestmentfromfossilfuels/

3) 5/20% 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: www.ncl.ac.uk/press/news/2016/05/divestmentfromfossilfuels/

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

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

Fossil Free Scorecard: Newcastle University

Investments

£10,511,617
Invested in fossil fuels. Including:
  • £6,471,422 Tullow Oil
  • £3,308,964 Shell
  • £2,749,585 BP
That’s 18.2% of total endowment fund of £57,600,000
Data direct from FoI

Research funding

£2,676,772 Research funding from fossil fuel industry, including: Statoil, Shell, BP, Exxon Mobil

£60 Public-funded research into fossil fuel industry.

£290,512 Research funding into renewables industry since 2001.

Fossil Fuel Industry Links

Honorary degrees awarded to: No honorary degrees awarded.
Board positions given to Fossil Fuel industry: No positions on boards/committees awarded to fossil fuel company executives.

Banking

Barclays £2.4m in bank ATMs on campus
Close Brothers £30.0m in bank
Lloyds £57.0m in bank
Newcastle Building Society £10.0m in bank
RBS £1,000.0k in bank
Santander £6.8m in bank
Shinhan £10.0m in bank
Skipton £10.0m in bank
Handelsbanken £24.1m in bank
Virgin Money £10.0m in bank
Yorkshire Bank £4.0m in bank
Note: Fossil fuel extraction research funding may not include all coal, oils and gas research. Updated data will be available soon.

100% Section 5. Carbon Management

100%How well is Newcastle 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: www.ncl.ac.uk/sustainable-campus/assets/documents/NewcastleUniversityCMP_2016_V1.pdf

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

In the most recent year, Newcastle University reported emissions from: waste, business travel , staff commute, student commute 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) Newcastle University scored 5/5% for publishing carbon emission data related to both in-house and externally provided student accommodation.

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

Newcastle University  scored 30/30% for including targets to reduce scope 3 carbon emissions including Waste , Water , Procurement, Travel. business trips, Travel. commute and Travel. student end of term.

15% Section 6. Workers Rights

15%Is Newcastle University behaving responsibly to those it employs and those who work in its supply chains?

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

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

3) Newcastle University scores 0/40% for improving workers rights in the university's ITC supply chain by working with Electronics Watch

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

55% Section 7. Sustainable Food

55%How sustainable is the food and catering at Newcastle University?

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

If we found one, it should be here: www.ncl.ac.uk/media/wwwnclacuk/catering/files/sustainable-food-policy.pdf

2) Newcastle University scores 20/50% 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) Newcastle University scores 10/10% for specifying that contract caterers and suppliers meet the requirements of the university sustainable food policy

4a) Newcastle 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) Newcastle University scores 5/5% for using local food in university catering or campus to kitchen food projects

4c) Newcastle University scores 5/5% 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): www.ncl.ac.uk/catering/health/ealthyeating

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

If they are, you can find out more here: www.ncl.ac.uk/sustainable-campus/biodiversity/projects.htm

50% Section 8. Staff and Student Engagement

50%

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

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1) Newcastle University scores 50/60% 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:

a carbon management plan, b sustainability policy and strategy, d go green or environment themed week, e climate or sustainability or social change campaigns reaching the whole university community and g university has set strategy and targets for student and staff engagement

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

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

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

55% Section 9. Education for Sustainable Development

55%

How well is Newcastle University including sustainability in its education?

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1) Newcastle University scores 10/20% for its public commit to education for sustainable development (ESD)

2a) Newcastle University scores25/50% for having a framework or strategy for ESD

2b)

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

4) Newcastle University scores 10/10% 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 Newcastle University get its energy from?

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

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

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

87.5% Section 11. Waste and Recycling

87.5%

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

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1) Newcastle University scores 50.0/50% for recycling 87.92% of its waste.

2) Newcastle University scores 37.5/50% for the amount of waste per head (staff and students) compared to the rest of the sector.

42.5% Section 12. Carbon Reduction

42.5%

How well is Newcastle 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) 12.5/50% for achieving a 13.98% reduction in its carbon emissions since a 2005 baseline.

27.8% Section 13. Water Reduction

27.8%How responsibly is Newcastle University 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) 11.0/33% 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 July 2012 we achieved both ISO14001 and EcoCampus Platinum certification for our Environmental Management System (EMS). This achievement celebrated the journey from the bronze award in 2009, silver in 2010, gold in 2011 to the recognition of a fully functioning EMS in 2012. Students have played a key role throughout this journey with annual MSc Clean Technology dissertation projects providing vital momentum towards this achievement. The involvement of students has provided the opportunity for utilisation of the campus as a learning resource as well as enabling firsthand practical environmental experience, enhancing graduate attributes and fostering the next generation of environmentalists and sustainability professionals. We intend to build on this experience by involving students with the annual internal audit process as part of recertification, based upon a pilot carried out this year. Following this success we intend to repeat this model for the implementation of ISO50001 Energy Management Standard. Achievement of dual accreditation for our EMS involved the collaboration of staff and students across campus. In order to inform staff and students of the latest news throughout the audit we took an innovative approach to our communciation and utilised social media to deliver live EMS audit tweets giving the latest updates. The resulting collection of Tweets were then compiled to give a live account of the audit process which will help with preparation for future audits, as well as enabling us to share our experience with other universities. The Tweets were combined into a Storify, available at: storify.com/DanWasteMan/newcastle-university-live-tweets-during-iso14001-a

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