Bournemouth University People & Planet University League 2016 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 85
4. Ethical Investment 60
5. Carbon Management 50
6. Workers Rights 50
7. Sustainable Food 60
8. Staff and Student Engagement 60
9. Education for Sustainable Development 75
10. Energy Sources 55
11. Waste and Recycling 88
12. Carbon Reduction 35
13. Water Reduction 50

Section 1. Environmental Sustainability; Policy and Strategy


We looked at Bournemouth University'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).

Bournemouth University 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

Bournemouth University is working towards targets in the following areas:

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

Bournemouth University scored 0 / 50% for an action plan with targets.

65% Section 2. Human Resources for Sustainability


We looked at how well Bournemouth University 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.

Bournemouth University scored 15/15% for senior responsibility for sustainability

Bournemouth University has 11600 students,1000 - 2000 staff and 5 sustainability staff

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

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

Bournemouth University scored 20/55% 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.

Bournemouth University scored 15/15% 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.

Bournemouth University scored 15/15% for supporting staff engagement with sustainability.

85% Section 3. Environmental Auditing & Management Systems


We looked at how well Bournemouth University manages and audits its environmental performance and progress.

Bournemouth University is accredited to an externally verified environmental management system (EMS). It scored 85/100% for the level and coverage of its EMS.

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


60% 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

  • 20/60% for extra effort in this area

including: Students on committee and Screen - Arms

  • 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 Bournemouth University's own Fossil Free outlook:

Divestment Commitment full
Divested from all fossil fuels

Fossil Free Scorecard: Bournemouth University


Invested in fossil fuels.
Data direct from FoI

Research funding

(No research funding from fossil fuel industry.)

£116,565 Research funding into renewables industry since 2001.

Note: Fossil fuel extraction research funding does not include all oils and gas. Data will be available soon.
University made public announcement.

50% Section 5. Carbon Management

50%How well is Bournemouth University managing its carbon emissions?

  • 25/25% for having a publicly available carbon management plan that meets set standards
  • 0/5% 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
  • 10/30% for including baseline figures for scope 3 carbon emissions
  • 10/30% for including targets to reduce scope 3 carbon emissions

50% Section 6. Workers Rights

50%Is Bournemouth University behaving responsibly to those it employs and those who work in its supply chains?

  • 0/20% for being a Living Wage accredited employer.
  • 15/15% for being a Fairtrade status University
  • 5/5% for using Fairtrade cotton for university staff uniforms
  • 30/40% 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

60% Section 7. Sustainable Food 2016

60%Is Bournemouth University using sustainable food?

  • 10/10% for having a publicy available sustainable food policy meeting set standards
  • 30/50% for continual improvement in sustainable food across university catering outlets and conference services
  • 10/10% 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
  • 5/5% for using local food in university catering or campus to kitchen food projects
  • 5/5% for providing free access to drinking water across the university and for highlighting where this can be found on the university website
  • 0/15% for providing space or other resources for student and staff led growing schemes or sustainable food projects

60% Section 8. Staff and Student Engagement


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

30/60% 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

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

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

75% Section 9. Education for Sustainable Development


How well is Bournemouth University including sustainability in its education?

  • 20/20% for its public commit to education for sustainable development (ESD)
  • 25/50% for having a framework or strategy for ESD
  • 10/10% for providing suitable support and training for ESD
  • 10/10% 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

55% Section 10. Energy Sources 2016

55%Where does Bournemouth University get its energy from?

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

88% Section 11. Waste and Recycling


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

  • 38/50% for recycling 67.17% of its waste.
  • 50/50% for waste mass per head compared to the rest of the sector.

35% Section 12. Carbon Reduction


How well is Bournemouth University managing to reduce its carbon emissions?

  • 10/50% for carbon intensity change since the last University League.
  • 25/50% for achieving a 16.74% reduction in its carbon emissions since a 2005 baseline.

50% Section 13. Water Reduction

50%How responsibly is Bournemouth University using water?

  • 50/67% for its use of water per head compared to other universities
  • 0/33% for use of grey water

Case Study from the university
Photo of biomass boiler

Environmental Responsibility

The University is aware of the responsibility we have to the world around us, we take it seriously. We are proud of our work to minimise our impact on the environment, and we lead initiatives to make our staff and students more aware of the ways they can help us reduce, reuse and recycle. The University has retained Fairtrade Status for 10 years and was ranked ‘first class’ in the 2015 Green League.

We have implemented an Environmental Management System (EMS) to ensure we manage our significant environmental risks, from energy and water use, waste management, transport, and building maintenance, construction and refurbishment, whilst also highlighting the positive impacts we have, such as educating our students about sustainable development and enhancing the biodiversity of our estate.  In December 2015, we achieved ISO14001 certification and EcoCampus Platinum.  The external audit validated the actions we have taken to manage our activities and ensure continual environmental improvement.

The University’s Carbon Management Plan sets out how we are reducing our carbon footprint.  Our new buildings, Student Centre and Fusion, incorporate many sustainability features, such as Photo-voltaics, green roofs and LED lighting.  Both have achieved the BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environment Assessment Methodology) ‘Excellent’ standard and Energy Performance Certificates (EPC) of A, demonstrating an energy efficiency design.

The implementation of our Travel Plan has seen a shift in the commuting habits of our staff and students away from single car occupancy to more sustainable modes of transport, in particular walking and cycling.  Our BU Bus service continues to grow from strength to strength and we have successfully procured a 10 year contract with more bus which started on 1st August 2016.  This will mean new, more environmentally friendly buses and more services to access our Bournemouth and Poole campuses.

In 2015/16, we introduced a food waste recycling scheme across all academic buildings to increase the amount of waste we send for recycling.  This builds on our Reduce-Reuse-Recycle approach to waste management, where we send zero waste to landfill.  Our sustainable procurement policy encourages staff to consider sustainability throughout the purchasing cycle, from whether to buy an item to thinking about its disposal.

We are also concerned about our wider impact on society and have updated our ethical investment policy, taking the decision to divest from fossil fuels.  We have also signed up to Electronics Watch and the Workers’ Rights Consortium to help us make more informed purchasing decisions about who we do business with and how they treat their employees.

At BU we are implementing a biodiversity policy and action plan to maintain and where possible enhance habitats on our campuses for our staff, students and wildlife to enjoy.  We are using our academic staff expertise to help inform our decisions on grounds maintenance and planting.

As well as making changes to our facilities and infrastructure we educate our staff and students about ways they can help us minimise our impact on the environment.  We have a team of Staff Sustainability Ambassadors as well as a Green Student Taskforce, who help spread these messages across the university.   In 2015/16, we teamed up with the National Union of Students to encourage staff (Green Impact) and students (Student Switch-off in halls) to adopt more sustainable habits.

You can find out more about how we are addressing our environmental footprint here: