Aberystwyth University People & Planet University League 2017 Scorecard

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Section Score
1. Environmental Sustainability; Policy and Strategy 50
2. Human Resources for Sustainability 65
3. Environmental Auditing & Management Systems 75
4. Ethical Investment 0
5. Carbon Management 25
6. Workers Rights 15
7. Sustainable Food 45
8. Staff and Student Engagement 45
9. Education for Sustainable Development 30
10. Energy Sources 24.2
11. Waste and Recycling 37.5
12. Carbon Reduction 42.5
13. Water Reduction 0

Section 1. Environmental Sustainability; Policy and Strategy

50%

The full methodology for this section can be found here.

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

www.aber.ac.uk/en/hse/policy/environmental/

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) Aberystwyth 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.aber.ac.uk/en/hse/proc-prac/wastemanagement/.en.182992

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policy, a strategy only works if people are using it), and we didn't give credit for strategies that were out of date: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

Waste management and Biodiversity

Therefore...

2) Aberystwyth University scored 0 / 50% for their sustainability strategy.

65% Section 2. Human Resources for Sustainability

65%

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 Aberystwyth 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.aber.ac.uk/en/vc-office/staff/management-chart/

1) Aberystwyth 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.

Aberystwyth University has 6735 students,1000 - 2000 staff and 3 sustainability staff

When assessing the number of dedicated sustainability staff at Aberystwyth 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.aber.ac.uk/en/sustainability/greenleague/uman-resources

2) Aberystwyth University 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) Aberystwyth 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) Aberystwyth University scored 15/15% for supporting a staff engagement scheme.

75% Section 3. Environmental Auditing & Management Systems

75%

The full methodology for this section is here.

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

Aberystwyth University is accredited to an externally verified environmental management system (EMS). It scored 75/100% 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) Aberystwyth 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) Aberystwyth 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 Aberystwyth University's own Fossil Free outlook:

Divestment Commitment none

Fossil Free Scorecard: Aberystwyth University

Investments

£2,122,752
Invested in fossil fuels. That’s 6.4% of total endowment fund of £33,168,000
Data estimated from FoI

Research funding

£377,496 Research funding from fossil fuel industry

(No 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

Lloyds £Money in bank
Santander £Money in bank
NatWest £Money in bank
Skipton International £Money in bank
Notemachine ATMs on campus
Note: Fossil fuel extraction research funding does not include all oils and gas research. Data will be available soon.

25% Section 5. Carbon Management

25%How well is Aberystwyth 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.aber.ac.uk/en/media/departmental/sustainability/Carbon-Management-Strategy-Executive-Summary-(April-2014).pdf

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

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

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

15% Section 6. Workers Rights

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

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

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

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

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

45% Section 7. Sustainable Food

45%How sustainable is the food and catering at Aberystwyth University?

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

If we found one, it should be here: www.aber.ac.uk/en/sustainability/sustainable-food/

2) Aberystwyth University scores 15/50% 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) Aberystwyth University scores 0/10% for specifying that contract caterers and suppliers meet the requirements of the university sustainable food policy

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

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

4c) Aberystwyth 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): (N/A)

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

If they are, you can find out more here: (N/A)

45% Section 8. Staff and Student Engagement

45%

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

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1) Aberystwyth University scores 15/60% 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 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) Aberystwyth University scores 10/10% for evidence that the university sustainability policy is included in staff inductions, and if it is, you can see more here: www.aber.ac.uk/en/staff-induction/induction-guide/first-weeks/

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

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

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

30% Section 9. Education for Sustainable Development

30%

How well is Aberystwyth University including sustainability in its education?

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

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

2b)

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

4) Aberystwyth 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

24.2% Section 10. Energy Sources

24.2%Where does Aberystwyth University get its energy from?

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1) Aberystwyth University scores 0/45% for using combined heat and power (CHP) energy.

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

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

37.5% Section 11. Waste and Recycling

37.5%

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

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1) Aberystwyth University scores 12.5/50% for recycling 34.28% of its waste.

2) Aberystwyth University scores 25.0/50% 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 Aberystwyth 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 5.08% reduction in its carbon emissions since a 2005 baseline.

0% Section 13. Water Reduction

0%How responsibly is Aberystwyth 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)

please find a link to our food to fork initiative youtu.be/GEJNgMFxbNU Green Gown Awards Finalist 2015! O’r Pridd I’r Plât (from Farm to Fork) Aberystwyth University is one of only a handful of universities in the UK where 30 – 40% of food spend in the University’s cafes and outlets is either sourced locally or produced on its 1000 ha of farmland. This also includes 90% of dairy products from local and Wales-wide producers and 100% of potatoes produced within a 20 mile radius. Aberystwyth University is committed to demonstrating sustainable development through its research, teaching and facilities with embedded importance of healthy eating and food sourcing. Aberystwyth University is proud to publicise that for the past seven years, 100% of the beef and lamb in hospitality outlets has been sourced from Aberystwyth University Farms. The University recently gained the Silver award Corporate Health Standard, a Wales-wide initiative to promote health and wellbeing in the workplace.

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