Policies and Performance


Environmental sustainability policy statement

Ulster University understands that its activities have both direct and indirect environmental impacts and sees the protection of the environment as an integral part of good institutional practice.

The University is therefore committed to improving its environmental sustainability performance for the benefit of the people who live and work in the University, and for the wider community now and in the future.

To support these aspirations, the University is committed to;
  • Developing an environmental management system to effectively manage its environmental impacts.
  • Continually improving its environmental performance through the effective implementation of environmental improvement initiatives.
  • Reducing, and where possible preventing, pollution through the effective and efficient use of resources.
  • Complying with all relevant environmental legislation and other environmental requirements to which the University subscribes.
  • Communicating this policy effectively to the entire University community and the wider public.
Specifically, the University will focus its efforts on the following;
  • Developing and maintaining an effective strategy for carbon emissons reduction.
  • Further developing environmental sustainability related research activities and promoting education for sustainable development within its teaching programmes.
  • Engaging its students and staff in initiatives to minimise environmetal impact.
  • Ensuring that improvements to its Physical Estates are undertaken in a sustainable manner.
  • Improving energy efficiency and water conservation within its Physical Estate.
  • Improving waste management practices to minimise waste generation and maximise the recycling and recovery of waste which is generated.
  • Sourcing and procuring, where feasible more environmentally friendly goods and services.
  • Managing its ground to minimise impact on biodiversity.
  • Encouraging sustainable travel amongst students, staff and visitors.

Revision 1- Endorsed by the Resources Committee on 22 February 2011
Annually reviewed by the Environmental Sustainability Steering Group

Revision No: 5  Issue Date: April 2016

Sustainable food policy

The University, as part of its wider Corporate Social Responsibility agenda, recognises the need to encourage the sustainability of its catering outlets and its hospitality services provided by the catering services provider.

The University also recognises its responsibility to provide sustainable, healthy food options to customers and is committed to working with its catering services supplier to enhance such provision.

With the above in mind, the University is committed to;

  • On renewal evaluating catering and hospitality contracts to determine opportunities to increase the availability of more healthy, sustainable menu options.
  • In consultation with the catering supplier, raising awareness of the benefits of healthy eating amongst staff, students and visitors.
  • Improving the environmental performance of catering outlets through effective energy and water conservation initiatives.
  • Monitoring and increasing the use of local products within the catering services supply contract.
  • Using fresh, seasonal and local ingredients where possible.
  • Achieving and retaining Fairtrade accreditation and promoting fair-trade products.
  • Reviewing the progress and effectiveness of this statement on an annual basis.
  • Making this statement available to the public.
The University has established the following improvement targets, which should be achieved by July 2017;
  • Catering Services Provider will promote 'healthy eating' and incorporate within marketing schedule to assist in communicating to staff/customers/visitors.
  • 5% reduction in mains water consumption in catering outlets and hospitality services provision by July 2017
  • 5% reduction in energy consumption in catering outlets and hospitality services provision by July 2017
  • 40% of total purchasing through the Catering Services Contract to be identified as local.
  • Highlight Fair Trade fortnight in February to raise awareness of Fair Trade.

Revision No: 5   Issue Date: April 2016

Energy policy

Declaration of commitment

Ulster University is committed to responsible energy management and will practice energy efficiency throughout its campuses.

Policy

In line with its environmental policy,  the University will endeavour to responsibly manage energy usage in a   manner commensurate with the requirements of business activity. The University will aim to develop and sustain an energy strategy and procedures consistent with U.K Higher Education sector energy and environmental targets, guidance codes and best practice.

Objectives

  • To reduce the consumption of fossil fuels and where practicable to utilise renewable energy.
  • To reduce water consumption.
  • To monitor and audit energy usage and report in an appropriate manner both internally and externally.
  • To procure fuels at the most economic cost and to maximise the use of fuel types which cause least environmental impact.
  • To promote energy awareness among staff and students.
  • To priortise energy efficiency in the specification and operation of buildings, plant and equipment proportionate to the consideration of cost effectiveness.
  • To incorporate sustainability criteria into the design of new and refurbished buildings in compliance with appropriate standards.
  • To target a reducation in energy consumption and associated carbon emissions in line with Government climate change legislation, regulation and targets.
  • To develop and maintain an energy management information system to inform decision making and improve efficiencies.
  • To act as an advocate of good practice in energy management.

Responsibilities

The Director of Physical Resources will be responsible for ensuring that within the funding available, building and building services are maintained and efficiently operated to reduce the consumption of energy and water.

In addition the Director will ensure that the energy strategy is developed and implemented and that the energy management measures under Physical Resources Departmental control are appropriately devolved and co-ordinated.

Heads of Schools, Units and departments will be responsible as far as possible within the constraints of existing buildings and systems, for controlling the consumption of energy and water within their areas. They will also be required to assess the energy efficiency, environmental impact and life cycle costs of the equipment which they select and operate.



Revision No: 3    Issue Date: April 2016

Estates Services and Procurement Department

Ulster University understands that its activities have both direct and indirect environmental impacts and sees the protection of the environment as an integral part of good institutional practice.

The Estates and Procurement Departments are committed to improving out environmental sustainability performance for the benefit of the people who live and work in the University, and for the wider community now and in the future.

To support these aspirations, the Estates and Procurement Departments are committed to:

  • Developing an environmental management system to effectively manage environmental improvement initiatives
  • Continually improving environmental performance through the effective implementation of environmental improvement initiatives
  • Reducing, and where possible preventing pollution through the effective development of a resource procurement strategy
  • Fulfilling all relevant compliance obligations
  • Making this policy available to the public

Specifically, the Estates and Procurement Departments will focus effort on the following:

  • Developing and maintaining an effective strategy for carbon emissions reduction
  • Engaging students and staff in initiatives to minimise environmental impact
  • Ensuring that improvements to the Physical Estate are undertaken in a sustainable manner
  • Improving energy efficiency and water conservation within the Physical Estate
  • Improving waste management practices through the effective development of a waste management strategy to minimise waste generation and maximise the recycling and recovery of waste which is generated
  • Incorporating sustainability factors into sourcing and procuring decisions where relevant
  • Managing campus grounds to minimise impacts on biodiversity
  • Encouraging sustainable travel amongst students, staff and visitors

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Issue No: 4    Issue Date: October 2018