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).
Cardiff Metropolitan 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
Travel and Transport
Cardiff Metropolitan University is working towards targets in the following areas:
Waste management, Transport, Sustainable Procurement, Water, Construction and Refurbishment, Emissions and Discharges, Community involvement and Biodiversity
Cardiff Metropolitan University scored 50 / 50% for an action plan with targets.
100% Section 2. Human Resources for Sustainability
We looked at how well Cardiff Metropolitan 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.
Cardiff Metropolitan University scored 15/15% for senior responsibility for sustainability
Cardiff Metropolitan University has 8345 students,1000 - 2000 staff and 13 sustainability staff
When assessing the number of dedicated sustainability staff at Cardiff Metropolitan University - we looked for the following info:
job title / role
specific area of sustainability
Cardiff Metropolitan University scored 55/55% 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.
Cardiff Metropolitan 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.
Cardiff Metropolitan University scored 15/15% for supporting staff engagement with sustainability.
100% Section 3. Environmental Auditing & Management Systems
We looked at how well Cardiff Metropolitan University manages and audits its environmental performance and progress.
Cardiff Metropolitan University is accredited to an externally verified environmental management system (EMS). It scored 100/100% for the level and coverage of its EMS.
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
45/60% for extra effort in this area
including: Students on committee, Process and investment list, Screen - Fossil Fuels Full 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 Cardiff Metropolitan University's own Fossil Free outlook:
Divested from all fossil fuels
Fossil Free Scorecard: Cardiff Metropolitan University
Invested in fossil fuels.
That’s 6.4% of total endowment fund of £72,385
Data estimated from FoI
(No research funding from fossil fuel industry.)
(No research funding into renewables industry since 2001.)
Fossil Fuel Industry Links
Honorary degrees awarded to:
No honorary degrees awarded.
Board positions given to Fossil Fuel industry:
No positions on boards/committees awarded to fossil fuel company executives.
Note: Fossil fuel extraction research funding does not include all oils and gas research. Data will be available soon.
University specific policy exclusions
65% Section 5. Carbon Management
65%How well is Cardiff Metropolitan University managing its carbon emissions?
25/25% for having a publicly available carbon management plan that meets set standards
5/5% for including scope 3 emissions within the university Carbon Management Plan
0/5% for reporting the university scope 3 emissions to the Higher Education Statistics Agency
5/5% for publishing carbon emission data related to both in-house and externally provided student accommodation
15/30% for including baseline figures for scope 3 carbon emissions
15/30% for including targets to reduce scope 3 carbon emissions
20% Section 6. Workers Rights
20%Is Cardiff Metropolitan 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
0/40% 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
80% Section 7. Sustainable Food 2016
80%Is Cardiff Metropolitan University using sustainable food?
10/10% for having a publicy available sustainable food policy meeting set standards
35/50% 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
15/15% for providing space or other resources for student and staff led growing schemes or sustainable food projects
40% Section 8. Staff and Student Engagement
How well is Cardiff Metropolitan University engaging its staff and students in sustainability?
20/60% 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
0/10% for students' union progress towards environmental sustainability.
100% Section 9. Education for Sustainable Development
How well is Cardiff Metropolitan University including sustainability in its education?
20/20% for its public commit to education for sustainable development (ESD)
50/50% 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
18% Section 10. Energy Sources 2016
18%Where does Cardiff Metropolitan University get its energy from?
0/45% for using combined heat and power (CHP) energy.
18/35% for generating its own electricity
0/20% for use of renewable electricity tariffs.
63% Section 11. Waste and Recycling
How does Cardiff Metropolitan University perform on waste, as compared to other universities?
25/50% for recycling 55.98% of its waste.
38/50% for waste mass per head compared to the rest of the sector.
80% Section 12. Carbon Reduction
How well is Cardiff Metropolitan University managing to reduce its carbon emissions?
30/50% for carbon intensity change since the last University League.
50/50% for achieving a 34.67% reduction in its carbon emissions since a 2005 baseline.
61% Section 13. Water Reduction
61%How responsibly is Cardiff Metropolitan University using water?
50/67% for its use of water per head compared to other universities
11/33% for use of grey water
Case Study from the university
Cardiff Met’s journey towards sustainability can be characterised as an organic and inclusive approach allowing the University to implement relevant and meaningful change. Its success can be evidenced by the following achievements:
• Recognised Investors in People organisation
• Achieved Gold in Wales Corporate Health Standard
• Fair Trade University
• Awarded Platinum in the Welsh Government’s Travel Plan Awards
• Achieved ISO14001 certification for Environmental Management System
• Athena Swan Bronze
• Achieved Silver Sustainable Restaurant Association award
• Staff and student trained teams of internal auditors, providing environmental awareness
• Highly commended in the Sustain Wales Award 2015 demonstrating School Holiday Enrichment Programme (SHEP) met the Seven Well Being Goals of the Future Generations Act. SHEP has also been shortlisted for a Times Higher Education Award.
• Cardiff Met’s Community Garden run by staff and student volunteers
• Awarded 1st class People & Planet Green League status in 2015 and ranked within the top 20 universities in the UK for its environmental performance
• Centralised print benefit initiative
• ‘Real World’ project successes with student groups in different Schools - Graphic Design, Vision in Sustainability and Business in Action students – provided with client brief, with students engaged to deliver solutions to University set problem scenario
• Various sustainability initiatives, such as Bike to work schemes, tax free cycle purchase and Go Green Week (photo's provided)
Much of this work compliments the existing action plans. Earlier this year, consultations began for a new “Healthy University Strategy” with staff and students. The strategy was approved in July 2016, incorporating three core aims; Social Responsibility, Environmental Efficiency and Health and Wellbeing.