Bournemouth University People & Planet University League 2017 Scorecard

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Section Score
1. Environmental Sustainability; Policy and Strategy 70
2. Human Resources for Sustainability 55
3. Environmental Auditing & Management Systems 100
4. Ethical Investment 50
5. Carbon Management 50
6. Workers Rights 55
7. Sustainable Food 45
8. Staff and Student Engagement 45
9. Education for Sustainable Development 75
10. Energy Sources 55
11. Waste and Recycling 87.5
12. Carbon Reduction 75
13. Water Reduction 50.3

Section 1. Environmental Sustainability; Policy and Strategy


The full methodology for this section can be found here.

We looked at Bournemouth University's publicly available environmental policy - you can read it here if we found 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).

1) Bournemouth 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:

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policy, a strategy only works if people are using it), and we didn't give credit for strategies that were out of date: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

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


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

55% Section 2. Human Resources for Sustainability


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 Bournemouth 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:

1) Bournemouth 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.

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

If we found that information, here's the link:

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

100% Section 3. Environmental Auditing & Management Systems


The full methodology for this section is here.

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

Bournemouth 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

50% Section 4. Ethical Investment


Want more? The full methodology for this section is here.

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) Bournemouth University scored 10/10% for having a publicly available ethical investment policy. The policy is here if we found one:

1b) and  15/60% for including specifics within the policy, including: Students on committee 10 and Screen - Arms Partial 5

2) Bournemouth University scored 10/10% for reviewing and making progress on the policy's objectives - which is here is we found it: (N/A)

3) 15/20% 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:

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?

Want more? The full methodology for this section is here.

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:

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

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

3) Bournemouth University scored 10/30% for including baseline figures for scope 3 carbon emissions  in the following: Waste and Water .

Bournemouth University  scored 10/30% for including targets to reduce scope 3 carbon emissions including Waste and Water .

55% Section 6. Workers Rights

55%Is Bournemouth University behaving responsibly to those it employs and those who work in its supply chains?

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

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

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

4) Bournemouth 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 Bournemouth University?

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

If we found one, it should be here:

2) Bournemouth University scores 30/50% 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) Bournemouth University scores 10/10% for specifying that contract caterers and suppliers meet the requirements of the university sustainable food policy

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

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

If they are, you can find out more here:

45% Section 8. Staff and Student Engagement


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

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1) Bournemouth University scores 25/60% 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, c student induction, d go green or environment themed week, e climate or sustainability or social change campaigns reaching the whole university community and f providing resources or funding for student or staff led sustainability projects

  • 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) Bournemouth 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:

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

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

5) Bournemouth University scores 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?

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

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


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

4) Bournemouth 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

55% Section 10. Energy Sources

55%Where does Bournemouth University get its energy from?

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

2) Bournemouth University scores 35.0/35% for generating some its own electricity (the more it generates the higher the score).

3) Bournemouth University scores 20.0/20% for buying some or all of its electricity from renewable sources. 

87.5% Section 11. Waste and Recycling


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

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1) Bournemouth University scores 37.5/50% for recycling 58.46% of its waste.

2) Bournemouth University scores 50.0/50% for the amount of waste per head (staff and students) compared to the rest of the sector.

75% Section 12. Carbon Reduction


How well is Bournemouth University reducing its carbon emissions?

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1) 50.0/50% for carbon intensity change over the last 12 months (since the last University League).

2) 25.0/50% for achieving a 28.54% reduction in its carbon emissions since a 2005 baseline.

50.3% Section 13. Water Reduction

50.3%How responsibly is Bournemouth University using water?

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1) 50.3/67% 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)

![Photo of biomass boiler](180-bournemouth-biomass-boiler.jpg) 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:

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