University of Portsmouth People & Planet University League 2017 Scorecard

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Section Score
1. Environmental Sustainability; Policy and Strategy 50
2. Human Resources for Sustainability 45
3. Environmental Auditing & Management Systems 100
4. Ethical Investment 0
5. Carbon Management 0
6. Workers Rights 10
7. Sustainable Food 40
8. Staff and Student Engagement 70
9. Education for Sustainable Development 20
10. Energy Sources 0
11. Waste and Recycling 75
12. Carbon Reduction 45
13. Water Reduction 33.5

Section 1. Environmental Sustainability; Policy and Strategy

50%

The full methodology for this section can be found here.

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

www.port.ac.uk/accesstoinformation/policies/estates/filetodownload,93781,en.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) University of Portsmouth 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:

(N/A)

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policy, a strategy only works if people are using it), and we didn't give credit for strategies that were out of date: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

Transport, Sustainable Procurement, Water and Construction and Refurbishment

Therefore...

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

45% Section 2. Human Resources for Sustainability

45%

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 University of Portsmouth 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.port.ac.uk/departments/services/greenportsmouth/meetthegreenteam/

1) University of Portsmouth 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.

University of Portsmouth has 17965 students,1000 - 2000 staff and 4 sustainability staff

When assessing the number of dedicated sustainability staff at University of Portsmouth - 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.port.ac.uk/university-of-portsmouth-environment-network/people/

2) University of Portsmouth scored 10/55% 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) University of Portsmouth 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) University of Portsmouth 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 University of Portsmouth manages and audit their environmental performance and progress. If you can't measure it, you can't improve it!

University of Portsmouth 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

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) University of Portsmouth 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) University of Portsmouth 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 University of Portsmouth's own Fossil Free outlook:

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

Fossil Free Scorecard: University of Portsmouth

Investments

£113,951
Invested in fossil fuels. That’s 6.4% of total endowment fund of £1,780,486
Data estimated from FoI

Research funding

(No research funding from fossil fuel industry.)

£100,000 Public-funded research into fossil fuel industry.

£259,653 Research funding into renewables industry since 2001.

Banking

Barclays £Money in bank
Bank of Scotland £Money in bank
RBS £Money in bank
HSBC £Money in bank
Santander £Money in bank
Note: Fossil fuel extraction research funding may not include all oils and gas research. Updated data will be available soon.

0% Section 5. Carbon Management

0%How well is University of Portsmouth 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.port.ac.uk/accesstoinformation/policies/estates/filetodownload,112638,en.pdf

1) University of Portsmouth scored 0/25% 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, University of Portsmouth reported emissions from: waste 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) University of Portsmouth scored 0/5% for publishing carbon emission data related to both in-house and externally provided student accommodation.

3) University of Portsmouth scored 0/30% for including baseline figures for scope 3 carbon emissions  in the following: Waste and Water .

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

10% Section 6. Workers Rights

10%Is University of Portsmouth behaving responsibly to those it employs and those who work in its supply chains?

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

2) University of Portsmouth scores 0/15% for being a Fairtrade status University

3) University of Portsmouth scores 10/40% for improving workers rights in the university's ITC supply chain by working with Electronics Watch

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

40% Section 7. Sustainable Food

40%How sustainable is the food and catering at University of Portsmouth?

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

If we found one, it should be here: www.port.ac.uk/departments/services/greenportsmouth/downloads/filetodownload,130593,en.pdf

2) University of Portsmouth scores 35/50% 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) University of Portsmouth scores 0/10% for specifying that contract caterers and suppliers meet the requirements of the university sustainable food policy

4a) University of Portsmouth scores 0/5% for being certified to the Marine Stewardship Council standards - ensuring traceability of sustainable fish all the way to your plate

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

4c) University of Portsmouth 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.port.ac.uk/library/home/news/nss/

5) University of Portsmouth scores 0/15% for providing space or other resources for university community food projects

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

70% Section 8. Staff and Student Engagement

70%

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

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1) University of Portsmouth 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, c student induction, 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) University of Portsmouth 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.port.ac.uk/departments/services/humanresources/learninganddevelopment/downloadfiles/filetodownload,190565,en.doc

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

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

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

20% Section 9. Education for Sustainable Development

20%

How well is University of Portsmouth including sustainability in its education?

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1) University of Portsmouth scores 0/20% for its public commit to education for sustainable development (ESD)

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

2b)

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

4) University of Portsmouth 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

0% Section 10. Energy Sources

0%Where does University of Portsmouth get its energy from?

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

2) University of Portsmouth scores 0.0/35% for generating some its own electricity (the more it generates the higher the score).

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

75% Section 11. Waste and Recycling

75%

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

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1) University of Portsmouth scores 37.5/50% for recycling 68.59% of its waste.

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

45% Section 12. Carbon Reduction

45%

How well is University of Portsmouth reducing its carbon emissions?

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1) 20.0/50% for carbon intensity change over the last 12 months (since the last University League).

2) 25.0/50% for achieving a 17.36% reduction in its carbon emissions since a 2005 baseline.

33.5% Section 13. Water Reduction

33.5%How responsibly is University of Portsmouth using water?

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1) 33.5/67% 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)

---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.--- ## Environmental Management System Progress with the University’s environmental policy framework has been progressing well but during an environmental review it became apparent a solid Environmental Management System (EMS) would bring **additional immediate benefits** (regular operational control and legislation compliance checks). A decision was made to bring the initial deadline forward from December to March 2012. In September 2011 drafting started on our EMS manual and a member of staff undertook an IEMA-approved 3-day **EMS Implementation Course** (organised by EAUC). The course was instrumental in developing a clearer understanding of the standard and how to translate it into clear procedures. SGS were appointed the certification body and in November 2011 a very useful pre-audit was undertaken for 1 day. The pre-audit gave us a **“health check”** on the main elements of our system already produced (such as the legal register, the aspects and impacts register or our internal procedures), as well as an opportunity to highlight our shortcomings, most especially in terms of operational control. --start right-- ![imdex21624 gl12 EMS portsmouth] --end right-- As far as practically possible we embedded the EMS mechanisms within existing university procedures. We built on existing H&S lines of communications, for instance with contractors. Our existing environmental policy framework has been fully integrated within the EMS structure. The EMS allows for a more structured approach to our work and a systematic and thorough approach to legal compliance. It also provides reassurance to both internal and external parties that **the University is in control of its operations and takes all steps to reduce its environmental impacts**.

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