Information on strategy, policy, the Sustainability Management Board, and our Environmental Management System.

Our annual sustainability reports provide our progress against KPIs and key projects.  The 2017-2018 report highlights that we have been able to cut our Scope 1 emissions (direct including energy and our transport) by 48.9% since 2005 and have reduced waste generation 30% since 2009.  It provides details of improvements, actions and recommendations for students and staff to help take action to maximise our University's sustainable potential.

Everyone is responsible and has a part to play in achieving our target of reaching Net Zero by 2030.

The governance of sustainability starts at the top. Our Sustainability Management Board (SMB) is chaired and supported by senior management across our Faculties and Directorates for a collaborative approach to sustainable development. Students are represented by the elected officers of the Students’ Union (SU) to ensure everyone has an equal voice in making strategic decisions regarding sustainability at Greenwich.

Environmental Management System (EMS)

Our Estates & Facilities Directorate (EFD) is proud to operate to international ISO14001 (Environmental Management) standards.  IS14001 is a voluntary international standard set through environmental management systems (EMS) to reduce impact and risk.

An EMS is a set of processes and practices that enable organisations to reduce its environmental impacts and increase operating efficiency and integrating sustainability thinking into our operations.  It requires senior leadership in addition to operational innovation and collaborations to allow development without overusing limited resources.  This includes waste, transport, construction, training, emergency plans and natural grounds management.

Our EMS allows us to increase cost savings and efficiency, reduce environmental risks and ensure collaboration occurs between staff. Both internal and external audits are done against strict criteria.  We have been accredited since 2012.

Awards & Accreditations

We are proud of our sustainable progress, recognition and awards received:

  • We are a ‘First Class University’ in People & Planet’s University Green League since 2012. 14th place in 2019
  • We are a Fairtrade Accredited University
  • Our food outlets achieve Gold in Food for Life Catering Standards
  • Our food outlets are certified in sustainable seafood products
  • Multiple student led projects receiving Green Gown Finalist recognition
  • Bronze Accredited Hedgehog Friendly Campus

Useful sustainability links

Policies and reports

Find how our core principles become reality.