Royal Academy of Music People & Planet University League 2017 Scorecard

Award class badge: 3rd

Section Score
1. Environmental Sustainability; Policy and Strategy 50
2. Human Resources for Sustainability 0
3. Environmental Auditing & Management Systems 0
4. Ethical Investment 0
5. Carbon Management 0
6. Workers Rights 10
7. Sustainable Food 0
8. Staff and Student Engagement 0
9. Education for Sustainable Development 0
10. Energy Sources 0
11. Waste and Recycling 50
12. Carbon Reduction 100
13. Water Reduction 50.3

Section 1. Environmental Sustainability; Policy and Strategy

50%

The full methodology for this section can be found here.

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

www.ram.ac.uk/public/uploads/documents/bd225e_environmental-policy.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) Royal Academy of Music 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environmental policy, a strategy only works if people are using it), and we didn't give credit for strategies that were out of date: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 Royal Academy of Music is working towards targets in the following areas:

(N/A)

Therefore...

2) Royal Academy of Music scored 0 / 50% for their sustainability strategy.

0% Section 2. Human Resources for Sustainability

0%

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 Royal Academy of Music 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.ram.ac.uk/about-us/about-the-academy/management/governing-body

1) Royal Academy of Music 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.

Royal Academy of Music has 740 students,less than 250 staff and 0 sustainability staff

When assessing the number of dedicated sustainability staff at Royal Academy of Music - 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) Royal Academy of Music 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) Royal Academy of Music 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) Royal Academy of Music scored 0/15% for supporting a staff engagement scheme.

0% Section 3. Environmental Auditing & Management Systems

0%

The full methodology for this section is here.

We looked at how well Royal Academy of Music 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

0%

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) Royal Academy of Music 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) Royal Academy of Music 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 Royal Academy of Music's own Fossil Free outlook:

Divestment Commitment none

Fossil Free Scorecard: Royal Academy of Music

Investments

£2,022,400
Invested in fossil fuels. That’s 6.4% of total endowment fund of £31,600,000
Data estimated from FoI

Research funding

(No research funding from fossil fuel industry.)

(No research funding into renewables industry since 2001.)

Banking

Barclays £4.1m in bank
Close Brothers £2.2m in bank
Clydesdale £2.3m in bank
Coutts £1.8m in bank
Lloyds £3.1m in bank
Santander £100.0k in bank

0% Section 5. Carbon Management

0%How well is Royal Academy of Music 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: www.ram.ac.uk/public/uploads/documents/6495a5_foi-estates-strategy.pdf

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

3) Royal Academy of Music scored 0/30% for including baseline figures for scope 3 carbon emissions  in the following: (N/A).

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

10% Section 6. Workers Rights

10%Is Royal Academy of Music behaving responsibly to those it employs and those who work in its supply chains?

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

1) Royal Academy of Music scores 0/25% for being a Living Wage accredited employer.

2) Royal Academy of Music scores 0/15% for being a Fairtrade status University

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

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

0% Section 7. Sustainable Food

0%How sustainable is the food and catering at Royal Academy of Music?

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

1) Royal Academy of Music 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) Royal Academy of Music 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) Royal Academy of Music scores 0/10% for specifying that contract caterers and suppliers meet the requirements of the university sustainable food policy

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

4b) Royal Academy of Music scores 0/5% for using local food in university catering or campus to kitchen food projects

4c) Royal Academy of Music 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): (N/A)

5) Royal Academy of Music 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)

0% Section 8. Staff and Student Engagement

0%

How well is Royal Academy of Music engaging its staff and students in sustainability?

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

1) Royal Academy of Music 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) Royal Academy of Music 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) Royal Academy of Music scores 0/10% for Trades Union representation on the membership of sustainability strategy committees

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

5) Royal Academy of Music scores 0/10% for students' union progress towards environmental sustainability.

0% Section 9. Education for Sustainable Development

0%

How well is Royal Academy of Music including sustainability in its education?

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

1) Royal Academy of Music scores 0/20% for its public commit to education for sustainable development (ESD)

2a) Royal Academy of Music scores0/50% for having a framework or strategy for ESD

2b)

3) Royal Academy of Music scores 0/10% for providing suitable support and training for ESD

4) Royal Academy of Music 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) 0/10% 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 Royal Academy of Music get its energy from?

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

1) Royal Academy of Music scores 0/45% for using combined heat and power (CHP) energy.

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

3) Royal Academy of Music scores 0.0/20% for buying some or all of its electricity from renewable sources. 

50% Section 11. Waste and Recycling

50%

How does Royal Academy of Music perform on waste, as compared to other universities?

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

1) Royal Academy of Music scores 25.0/50% for recycling 53.14% of its waste.

2) Royal Academy of Music scores 25.0/50% for the amount of waste per head (staff and students) compared to the rest of the sector.

100% Section 12. Carbon Reduction

100%

How well is Royal Academy of Music reducing its carbon emissions?

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

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

2) 50.0/50% for achieving a 41.38% reduction in its carbon emissions since a 2005 baseline.

50.3% Section 13. Water Reduction

50.3%How responsibly is Royal Academy of Music using water?

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

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)

---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.--- In October 2012, we installed voltage optimisation equipment on our main power supplies, resulting in a significant reduction in our electricity consumption.

You’re here – so you know what we do! Will you support us with a small gift to help us do it?