Sustainable Campus

Environmental & Energy Management

Environmental and Energy Management

Our Environmental and Energy Management Systems provide a framework for the University to monitor and reduce its environmental impacts.


Newcastle University's Environmental Management System (EMS) is certified by ISO 14001 (PDF: 337 KB).

The scope of the management system is defined as:

the provision of education and research, and the management of buildings, laboratories and land at the University’s UK sites

The certification by ISO 14001 requires us to set periodic objectives, reflecting our commitment to continual improvement in environmental performance. Every objective has associated targets that help us to monitor progress towards fully integrating sustainability in day to day operations and services.

We have combined our Environmental Management System with our Energy Management System (EnMS). This integrated management system allows us to:

  • conform with both standards
  • move towards embedding sustainability in all our activities, including procurement and project design.

Impacts on the environment

We recognise the diverse and numerous impacts that university services and activities have on the environment. These are recorded in the ‌Aspects, Impacts and Opportunities Register v5 (Excel workbook: 165KB).


Our Energy Management System (EnMS) is certified to ISO 50001 (PDF: 336 KB).

The EnMS provides a framework which allows the University to monitor, measure and endeavour to reduce its overall energy consumption and carbon footprint. ISO 50001 requires us to set periodic objectives, targets and action plans, reflecting our continual improvement in energy performance.

The EnMS has been combined with the current ISO 14001 EMS, forming an all-encompassing integrated management system. This combined system allow us to conform with both standards, and progress towards fully embedding sustainability in our day-to-day activities, including procurement and project design.

Energy performance indicators have been identified following establishment of an energy baseline derived from the energy review.

Details of the Key Energy Performance Indicators (K-EnPIs) can be found in the EMS and EnMS Action Plan (Excel: 423 KB).

Energy Management Planning

As part of our EnMS, we undertake an annual energy review so as to plan for, and monitor against, our energy objectives and targets and formulate appropriate action plans. This energy review ranks all our UK buildings and sites according to total energy consumption (kWh) where those which fall within the top 90% are considered for energy saving opportunities.

Significant energy users

We've created Operational Control Procedures to control our significant energy uses. These include building systems such as heating, ventilation and Air Handing Units (AHUs), as well as factors such as User Engagement.

For more information, e-mail


We set objectives and periodically identify targets so that we can continually improve our environmental and energy performance.

These are shown in the Environmental and Energy Policies. The ‌EMS and EnMS Action Plan‌ (Excel workbook: 423 KB) also includes a full list of Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) and SMART targets.


There are a number of staff Operational Control Procedures and Work Instructions that control significant environmental aspects and energy uses. These procedures are integral parts of our EMS and EnMS.

For more information or to request a copy of one of the procedures, email


There are many pieces of environmental legislation that the University needs to comply with, many of which are in place in order to reduce environmental harm relating to our business activities.

Failure to comply with legislation can have severe consequences such as fines, or imprisonment; all members of staff should be familiar with the legislation which affects them. If you have any queries relating to environmental legislation, please contact Sustainable Campus.

Details of applicable legislation, as well as other compliance obligations that we subscribe to are detailed in the Compliance Obligations Register (Excel workbook: 34KB).


Communications relating to our environmental and energy management systems.

If you receive any communication from external bodies such as:

  • Environment Agency,
  • Northumbrian Water

relating to the environment or environmental impacts, forward copies to to ensure that records of this correspondence is maintained.


Student Involvement

Students play an important role in improving and developing our management systems. Most years, an MSc Clean Technology student undertakes a dissertation placement with us. They assess the effectiveness of the Environmental Management or Energy Management Systems. Working alongside the team, they provide fresh eyes to help drive continual improvement.

They also learn about practical environmental auditing with the team. They conduct environmental audits on the various procedures within our Management Systems. This gives them a valuable opportunity to apply their learning in a real life scenario, and gain valuable practical sustainability skills to boost their employability.

Past dissertations

  • Bringing the Environmental Management System (EMS) of Newcastle University in line with the updated ISO 14001:2015 International StandardLuke Whittaker (2017)
  • Implementing ISO 14001:2015 evaluating its effectiveness in higher education settingsKathryn Hall (2016)
  • Evaluating the costs and benefits of implementing an ISO 50001 Energy Management System and its integration with an ISO 14001 Environmental Management SystemSam Boot (2015)
  • Energy review to implement ISO 50001 at Newcastle UniversityLaura Diaz-Silvarrey (2013)
  • The implementation of EcoCampus Platinum phase and ISO 14001 at Newcastle UniversitySean Jobling (2012)
  • An evaluation of the effectiveness of the EcoCampus Environmental Management System at Newcastle UniversityJames Upstill-Goddard (2011)
  • Environmental Management Systems within Higher EducationAdam White (2010)
  • Implementing EcoCampus at Newcastle UniversityTairat Bashorun (2009)