Aligning the University’s operations with the principles of sustainability can help us to increase our efficiencies, reduce our costs, and provide an environment within which the day-to-day experiences of students, staff and visitors reflect the University’s commitment to sustainable development.
The University has also received several awards and nominations recently for "exceptional initiatives", "leadership and innovation", "best practice" and "outstanding contribution to sustainable development".
Some of our initiatives so far include:
- Implementation of an Environmental Management System and certification to ISO 14001 and BS OHSAS 18001 across the University Campus;
- Energy efficiency efforts in consultation with Cardiff University Students’ Union and with advice from the Carbon Trust;
- Waste strategies that include office recycling schemes and responsible disposal guidelines;
- Efforts to invest in the welfare and quality of life of people working within the University through investments in training and development; through the project and a range of policies relating to equality and diversity, work-life balance and health and safety;
- The University has undertaken a transport survey to identify opportunities to reduce the climate impact of University-related travel;
- Increasing procurement of local produce and Fairtrade produce through the University’s Residences and Catering Division, and a Nutrition Policy to raise awareness and actively promote healthy eating;
- The establishment of a network of ‘Eco Champions’ across the University's schools to promote sustainability initiatives.
We are currently working towards auditing and increasing our efficiencies of water and energy usage, recycling, green procurement, campus maintenance, and biodiversity. A key example of these is the a £1M grant given by the Education Funding Council for Wales to install 1,900 new energy meters, to reach a total of 3,000, and their automation system.
The University is also exploring the potential for alternative energy sources to meet its future energy needs with a reduced impact in terms of climate change.
Carbon Management Plan
The University has devised a Carbon Management Plan to direct operations both within estates and other administrative departments throughout the University. The Carbon Management Plan is linked on the right, and more information is available on the Carbon Management Plan page provided by the Occupational Safety, Health and Environment Unit.
An Energy Initiatives Update is also given top right, which describes progress with these initiatives.
Carbon Reduction against 2005/6 baseline (based on 2011/12 carbon factors)