The Robert Gordon University People & Planet University League 2017 Scorecard

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Section Score
1. Environmental Sustainability; Policy and Strategy 0
2. Human Resources for Sustainability 0
3. Environmental Auditing & Management Systems 0
4. Ethical Investment 0
5. Carbon Management 50
6. Workers Rights 40
7. Sustainable Food 20
8. Staff and Student Engagement 20
9. Education for Sustainable Development 10
10. Energy Sources 17.5
11. Waste and Recycling 62.5
12. Carbon Reduction 60
13. Water Reduction 0

Section 1. Environmental Sustainability; Policy and Strategy

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The full methodology for this section can be found here.

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

(N/A)

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) The Robert Gordon University scored: 0 / 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environmental policy, a strategy only works if people are using it), and we didn't give credit for strategies that were out of date: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 The Robert Gordon University is working towards targets in the following areas:

(N/A)

Therefore...

2) The Robert Gordon University scored 0 / 50% for their sustainability strategy.

0% Section 2. Human Resources for Sustainability

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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 The Robert Gordon 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.rgu.ac.uk/about/senior-management

1) The Robert Gordon University scored 0/20% 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.

The Robert Gordon University has 8190 students,1000 - 2000 staff and 0 sustainability staff

When assessing the number of dedicated sustainability staff at The Robert Gordon 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: (N/A)

2) The Robert Gordon University scored 0/55% 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) The Robert Gordon 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) The Robert Gordon University scored 0/15% for supporting a staff engagement scheme.

0% Section 3. Environmental Auditing & Management Systems

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The full methodology for this section is here.

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

is not accredited to an externally verified environmental management system (EMS) so we scored it according to it's own management systems as described on their website (or not). We looked for regular auditing in 8 key areas. The audits needed to have established a baseline (i.e. measured where progress was at in that moment in time), and to have been undertaken or updated in the last 5 years.

scored /40% for auditing in the following areas:

 

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) The Robert Gordon 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) The Robert Gordon 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 The Robert Gordon University's own Fossil Free outlook:

Divestment Commitment none

Fossil Free Scorecard: The Robert Gordon University

Investments

£96,278
Invested in fossil fuels. Including:
  • £39,545 BP
  • £14,521 Rio Tinto
That’s 5.1% of total endowment fund of £1,903,447
Data direct from FoI

Research funding

? The university has not disclosed how much research funding goes into fossil fuels.

£799,442 Research funding into renewables industry since 2001.

Fossil Fuel Industry Links

£20,000
received in donations from fossil fuel industry 2009-2014.
Honorary degrees awarded to: 5 members of the Board have/had links to the energy industry; David Brew led the “privatisation in 1991 of the two Scottish electricity companies”, Jennifer Craw (chair of the board) “spent a period at Shell Expro UK, Mike Fleming’s 30 year career has spanned “various technical and commercial positions including Commercial Director of Petroleum Engineering Services, Head of Oil & Gas at Scottish Enterprise and has served as CEO of WellDynamics, a global Halliburton Company, Sylvia Halkerston has been “in the private sector with exposure to many industries – Food & Drink, Oil & Gas, Hospitality, Construction and Public Transport", Roger Ramshaw (Vice-Chair of the Board) first worked with Shell International, Conoco Group and ConocoPhillips.
Board positions given to Fossil Fuel industry: Malcolm Brinded CBE, Executive Director of Royal Dutch Shell Plc. Tony Hayward, Chief Executive of BP (2007-10). John Browne, Chief Exectuve of BP (1998-2007). Bill Gammell, Chairman of Cairn Energy.

Banking

Barclays £3.7m in bank
YourCash ATMs on campus
Note: Fossil fuel extraction research funding may not include all oils and gas research. Updated data will be available soon.

50% Section 5. Carbon Management

50%How well is The Robert Gordon 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.rgu.ac.uk/about/faculties-schools-and-departments/faculty-of-design-and-technology/school-of-engineering/centre-for-understanding-sustainable-practice/projects-and-research/uk-projects/rgu-carbon-management-plan/

1) The Robert Gordon 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, The Robert Gordon University reported emissions from: waste, business travel 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) The Robert Gordon University scored 5/5% for publishing carbon emission data related to both in-house and externally provided student accommodation.

3) The Robert Gordon University scored 15/30% for including baseline figures for scope 3 carbon emissions  in the following: Waste , Travel. business trips and Travel. commute.

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

40% Section 6. Workers Rights

40%Is The Robert Gordon University behaving responsibly to those it employs and those who work in its supply chains?

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

2) The Robert Gordon University scores 0/15% for being a Fairtrade status University

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

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

20% Section 7. Sustainable Food

20%How sustainable is the food and catering at The Robert Gordon University?

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

If we found one, it should be here: (N/A)

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

4a) The Robert Gordon 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) The Robert Gordon University scores 0/5% for using local food in university catering or campus to kitchen food projects

4c) The Robert Gordon University scores 0/5% 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.rgu.ac.uk/C39D8275-539F-11E0-B3E9000D609CB064

5) The Robert Gordon 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.rgu.ac.uk/news/rgu-increases-accessibility-of-garthdee-community-garden/

20% Section 8. Staff and Student Engagement

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How well is The Robert Gordon University engaging its staff and students in sustainability?

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1) The Robert Gordon University scores 0/60% 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:

(N/A)

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

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

5) The Robert Gordon University scores 10/10% for students' union progress towards environmental sustainability.

10% Section 9. Education for Sustainable Development

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How well is The Robert Gordon University including sustainability in its education?

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1) The Robert Gordon University scores 0/20% for its public commit to education for sustainable development (ESD)

2a) The Robert Gordon University scores0/50% for having a framework or strategy for ESD

2b)

3) The Robert Gordon University scores 0/10% for providing suitable support and training for ESD

4) The Robert Gordon 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

17.5% Section 10. Energy Sources

17.5%Where does The Robert Gordon University get its energy from?

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

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

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

62.5% Section 11. Waste and Recycling

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How does The Robert Gordon University perform on waste, as compared to other universities?

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1) The Robert Gordon University scores 37.5/50% for recycling 69.88% of its waste.

2) The Robert Gordon University scores 25.0/50% for the amount of waste per head (staff and students) compared to the rest of the sector.

60% Section 12. Carbon Reduction

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How well is The Robert Gordon University reducing its carbon emissions?

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1) 10.0/50% for carbon intensity change over the last 12 months (since the last University League).

2) 50.0/50% for achieving a 45.14% reduction in its carbon emissions since a 2005 baseline.

0% Section 13. Water Reduction

0%How responsibly is The Robert Gordon University using water?

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1) 0/67% for its use of water per head (staff and students) compared to other universities

2) 0/33% for use of grey water (like rain water harvesting)

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