Environmental Management System

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​Cardiff Met achieved ISO 14001 accreditation in 2012 and continues to maintain this by setting clear objectives and targets, with Aspect owners report progress termly. The continual improvement is maintained via review with termly meetings and internal and external auditing teams of staff and student trained volunteers. Audit Teams review Environmental Impacts and defined Aspects by a comprehensive annual audit plan. The preparation of an annual Report on Sustainability and the Environment confirms progress and future direction.

At Cardiff Metropolitan University we recognise the importance of increasing our positive environmental impacts and reducing our negative ones. ​Sustainable Procurement have recently developed enhanced approach to commodity management,  identifying achievements with current suppliers and opportunities to further influence environmental improvements through the supply chain across the University.

The Environmental Management System (EMS) covers all University activities from energy and utilities, to waste management and recycling, but more significantly includes embedding education for sustainable development in the curriculum and into research and enterprise activities. The identification and remaining up-to-date with applicable environmental legislation, the maintenance of a documented register of legislation and the linking of environmental legislation with significant environmental aspects is part of the EMS. 

Progress on objectives and targets are reported termly with meetings chaired by the Chief Operating Officer. The Chief Operating Officer, as the representative of the Vice Chancellor's Board has designated responsibility for ensuring that the requirements of the ISO14001 Standard are implemented and maintained.

The University works closely with the Student Union to maintain IS014001 and the Student Union takes particular interest in the University's Fair Trade Status and is the vital link to all student activities.

The University Major Incident Plan (MIP) defines how the University will deal with the threat, immediate consequences of and aftermath of a major incident. The MIP is reviewed annually and tested through a simulation exercise periodically.

The University has identified environmental aspects which are managed by nominated Aspect Owners who are in FTE posts, as below:-

​Environmental Aspects

Energy & Utilities

The University has identified Environmental Aspects for Electricity usage; Gas usage; Gas Oil usage; Light Pollution and Water usage.

The University's Carbon Management Strategy 2013-18 contains targets for reducing electricity consumption, fossil fuel and water consumption, including commitments to develop processes and implement improvements with a Carbon Management Plan for its implementation.

Current initiatives - focus on reducing electricity consumption with an LED replacement programme aided by a comprehensive lighting survey for prioritisation purposes. 

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Aspect Owner - Neil Bradley, Energy Engineer   NBradley@Cardiffmet.ac.uk​

Waste Management

All of the General Waste produced by the University is still being sent to the Trident Facility in Cardiff Bay for Energy Conversion. This means that no waste from Cardiff Met  is currently sent to Landfill.

The University has facilities in place to recycle most of the common waste streams that arise and Campus Services are able to make special arrangements for any other particular waste that might be produced.  Awareness and re-confirmation of the arrangements is part of Induction for staff and students, in conjunction with campaigns and initiatives.

Current initiatives  - Any new recycling initiatives will be considered and / or implemented but the main emphasis for 2015 / 2016 will be to re-introduce the " Message " by starting a new advertising campaign to continue to promote Recycling for all users of the University.

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Aspect Owner - Andrew West - Campus Services Manager  ​awest@cardiffmet.ac.uk​​

Travel & Transport

Cardiff Metropolitan is one of the leading sustainable travel organisations in Wales. Having a history of focusing on sustainable travel for its students, staff and visitors to ensure that the University reduces its impact on the environment, contributes to the positive health and well-being of staff and students and is a responsible member of the local community.

The core objective of the Travel Plan since 2007 has been to reduce the single occupancy car journeys to Campus and the dependency of vehicles to support its activity.

Current initiatives - Review of pool cars - consideration of hybrid / electric vehicles; Introduction of on line booking and payment for Met-Rider; further cycle provision and bi-ennial staff and student Travel Survey Nov 2016. 

A new group, Sustainable Transport Planning Group, with representatives from Schools, Units and Students, will be considering Sustainable Transport for the University, and this will include reviewing Car Parking Facilities and restrictions and the Travel Plan, first meeting due June 2016.

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Aspect Owner - Neil Woollacott - Deputy Accommodation Services Manager / Travel Plan Manager NWoollacott@Cardiffmet.ac.uk​

Emissions & Effluents

The University has identified Environmental Aspects; Emissions to Atmosphere; Gaseous Effluents; Effluents and Sewage and Legionella​.

The University continues to be exempt from Emissions to Air Consent, due to its insignificant impact. This exemption was re-confirmed in July 2015.

​Current initiatives - implementation of drain surveys with remedial action taken.

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Aspect Owner - Glenn Roberts - Maintenance Operations and Space Manager GARoberts@Cardiffmet.ac.uk​

 

Paper

The University reviews and monitors paper usage, providing a centralised print service and provision of multi function devices around the Campus for staff and student use. The use of multi function devices provides print management benefits e.g. print defaults to black & white and double sided for example, manual deletion at device and deletion maintenance after 24 hours in the print queue, able to release print at any device on Campus. 

Current initiatives  - In March 2015 a full print Audit was completed by Canon (our current Multi Functional Device supplier) and the recommendations of installing a further 31 devices across the university was endorsed by the Vice Chancellors Board. 

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Aspect Owner - Rebecca Bloyce - Commercial Services Manager   RBloyce@Cardiffmet.ac.uk

 

Sustainable Estate

In academic year 2014 – 15 the University Estates Strategy was renewed and approved, with the Estates Implementation plan approved by Governors. This has resulted in a focus on refurbishment and upgrade of existing space whilst the larger projects are planned and designed. 

Current initiatives - The refurbishment programme has allowed the LED lighting programme to be delivered earlier, as our Strategy is to replace all lights affected by works, to be replaced by LED's and controls, effecting significant levels of electricity reduction. In terms of the planned projects we continue to adopt a passive design strategy to ensure that our buildings are efficient in use and capital expenditure and designed beyond current building regulation requirements.​

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Aspect Owner - Ian Jones - Deputy Estates Manager   IJJones@Cardiffmet.ac.uk

Learning & Teaching

The Learning and Teaching Development Unit (LTDU) continues to monitor and improve the quality of the teaching of environmental and sustainability oriented topics via the University's annual review QA processes. 

Current initiatives - LTDU have completed the development of a programme audit tool, and related resources to be used by Programme Directors to evaluate and develop the extent to which programmes meet the key strategic aim of sustainability. 

There is an on-going requirement for all undergraduate programmes to implement the programme audit of sustainability and to evidence that students have opportunities to meet Cardiff Met’s Graduate Attributes. Graduate Attributes are a set of competencies that all students from the university should develop throughout their time here, in all aspects of university life. These attributes outline the areas most commonly highlighted by employers when hiring new employees and therefore these graduate attributes reflect the University’s commitment to the enhancement of student employability. 

The Sustainable Campus project has seen 3 curricular interventions as a result of the sustainable campus project (14-15). There have been 2 in Cardiff School of Art and Design and 1 in Cardiff School of Management. It is intended that next year’s interventions with focus on Cardiff School of Sport and Cardiff School of Health Sciences.

Cardiff Metropolitan University officially launched its new Outdoor Learning Centre last year, situated within two hectares of mature woodland at the University's Cyncoed Campus. Co-ordinated by the Cardiff School of Education, the new Outdoor Learning Centre hub is a seven metre wide circular classroom providing a comfortable learning environment, all in the surrounding of the great outdoors adding to the other forest based learning spaces, the log circles and the yurt. The centre offers a wide range of outdoor learning options, including day courses, workshops, holiday clubs, conferences, and is also an accredited Forest School. The facility will also be the focus of academic research into the benefits of outdoor learning.​

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Aspect Owner - Stuart Abbott - Learning and Teaching Development Officer SAbbott@Cardiffmet.ac.uk

​Chemicals and Hazardous Substances

Schools/Units are required to manage all aspects of health & safety in their respective areas including on site and in their own stores, including the management of hazardous substances and inventories of all chemicals.

Hazardous substances are stored in secure stores and relevant staff members are trained in safe handling, use and disposal of these.  

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Aspect Owner - Chris Deacy - Assistant Director of HR (Occupational Health, Safety & Well-being)

HR Health and Safety CDeacy@Cardiffmet.ac.uk

 

​Environmental Awareness & Engagement

The University recognises environmental awareness as a key aspect in its Environmental Management System, particularly in respect of the large number and annual migration of students, staff, visitors and contractors on site, presenting a challenging mixture of backgrounds, cultures and interests. The environmental awareness supports all aspects of the Environmental Management System.

Different methods are used in order to engage initially with all but also to contact the right people at the right time, for example Go Green Week and the e-learning sustainability module for staff induction. There is also compulsory student Halls induction which communicates the recycling and waste on Campus.

The use of television screens, posters, emails and signage continue to confirm the message. Attendance at awareness sessions e.g. Fresher's Fayre, Go Green Week and the collaboration of Aspect Owners and other parties e.g. Cardiff Digs, in terms of waste management, noise pollution etc., Cynnal Cymru and Fairtrade Fortnight, Student Blackout etc. The engagement with students and students for volunteering opportunities and new ideas and initiatives.

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Aspect Owner - Rachel Roberts - Environmental Performance Manager RRoberts@Cardiffmet.ac.uk

 

Student Union

The SU in conjunction with the University and Cardiff Digs arrange and promote Student activities which have a positive environmental impact for the community, both locally and on a regional / national basis. The SU co-ordinate with the University the Fair trade accreditation.

Current initiatives - The Cardiff Met Student award has been introduced with a Sustainable Thinking pathway. There are various options of volunteering available, one of which is the opportunity to be trained as an EMS auditor and arrange, plan and participate in team audits of the EMS. ​Consideration of Food redistribution opportunities with SU and Cardiff Digs to local charities from University and SU food outlets.​

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Aspect Owner - Mike Davies - SU Chief Executive MWDavies@Cardiffmet.ac.uk

Sustainable Procurement

The University's procurement function is a key contributor to the achievement of sustainability objectives through its role in managing all aspects of tendering and the appointment of preferred suppliers.

Whilst the primary objective of all University procurement is the achievement of best value for its goods and services needs, the University seeks to configure all procurements to include all forms of corporate policy objectives, of which sustainability is a major consideration, and to do so in a manner consistent with the Welsh Government 'Welsh Procurement Policy' statement. 

When developing the specifications for its procurement requirements, the University strives to include sustainable benefits, which in the last twelve months have ranged from a continuation of the growth in use of office products manufactured from recycled materials; the procurement of more foods from local sources; through to the delivery of a number of 'community benefits' deriving from tendering exercises.

Wherever practicable, the University divides its tenders into regional or requirement 'lots' to assist in ensuring smaller and local businesses are able to engage in University procurement exercises and to help reduce the carbon footprint in its direct and indirect supply chains. 

The benefit to the local economy of these various 'local supply' initiatives can be illustrated through the fact that in the last twelve months, some 58% of the University's influenceable​ spend was placed with Welsh based suppliers, which reflects an increase of some 5% over the last 4 years. 

Current initiatives  - In the coming twelve months, the University will, be expanding the positive impact of paperless business trading by increasing the number of suppliers trading through the university's e-marketplace; seek to make use of the changes to the Public Contracts Regulations ("EU procurement rules") to further enable small businesses to participate in tender exercises; and intends to complete the development of an enhanced approach to commodity management that should allow the University to further influence environmental improvements through its supply chains. 

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Aspect Owner - Peter Standfast - Head of Procurement  PStandfast@Cardiffmet.ac.uk

 

Environmental Research

Consistent with the University's Strategic Plan 2012-17, activities in Research and Enterprise address the cross cutting themes of Internationalisation, Partnership, Social Justice and Sustainability. Schools contribute in different ways and together address the three specific targets of:

1) 50% of research activity returned to the Research Excellence Framework to be world leading or internationally excellent

2) Increase the average research income per academic staff to £10K by the end of planning period

3) To have supported the creation of 20 successful new business ventures by the end of the planning period.

The Research Strategy 2014-19 also makes explicit its ambitions to enhance the University's research environment(s) by, amongst other things, ​Addressing gender and other inequalities by removing both personal and structural barriers to sustainable academic career progression; Implementing structured and consistent approaches that encourage staff to share responsibility and pro-actively engage in their personal and career development; ​Adopting best practice in respect of talent management, staff retention and targeted recruitment; Enhancing the quality and sustainability of research student supervision and supporting the environment for research students.

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Aspect Owner - Professor Scott Fleming - Director of Research and Graduate​ Studies  SFleming@Cardiffmet.ac.uk​

Sustainable Food (New)

The University has recently achieved a Silver Award for​ an SRA Sustainability Rating, based on centralised procurement and single point of contact for ongoing sustainability support for all University food outlets on Campus. 

Catering & Hospitality Services recognises its responsibility to carry out its procurement activities in an environmentally and socially responsible manner, whilst also encouraging healthy and sustainable food production and consumption.  

The University encourages suppliers to minimise the negative environmental and social effects associated with their production and supply chain, and ensure, through active encouragement, that local and smaller suppliers are not discriminated against in the procurement process and tender opportunities.

Current initiatives - SRA application. ​Consideration of Food redistribution opportunities with SU and Cardiff Digs to local charities from University and SU food outlets.

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​Aspect Owner - Andrew Phelps - Catering and Hospitality Services Manager  APhelps@Cardiffmet.ac.uk

General

The co-ordination of the Environmental Management System also creates targets and objectives.

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​Aspect Owner - Rachel Roberts - Environmental Performance Manager  RRoberts@Cardiffmet.ac.uk​