Climate Emergency Statement

From Newcastle University's Environment and Sustainability Committee (10.04.2019):

"We recognise the urgency of international environmental issues including climate change and biodiversity loss. Preparing our students with the skills and knowledge to deal with the unprecedented crises is fundamental to our purpose as a university. Through research and education we aim to develop transformative solutions to the sustainability challenges facing the natural world and the human societies which rely on it.

We are proud of the progress we have made, over many years of work, in improving sustainability at Newcastle University. However, we know we need to go further. We therefore commit to reducing our greenhouse gas emissions in line with the central aim of the Paris Agreement; to keep a global temperature rise well below 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels, and to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase even further to 1.5 degrees Celsius. This means further substantial progress in the de-carbonisation of our activities and we will work together with our staff and students, and with partners in the city, region and across civil society with the aim of achieving net-zero carbon dioxide emissions by 2040."


The Team

The Sustainability Team is based in Newcastle University's Estate Support Service and is responsible for a variety of environmental sustainability issues including energy, waste management and travel planning.

As a central service, our purpose is to implement and maintain Newcastle University's Environmental Management System (EMS), Energy Management System (EnMS) and policies to promote and demonstrate continuous improvement in environmental and energy performance, ensuring best practice, statutory compliance and value for money.

The ESS Sustainability Team was established in 2006 with an assistant Energy Manager and Waste Manager joining the then Energy Manager. The Team has since grown to six permanent members of staff and 1 fixed term (2 years) position, with the current structure shown below.

 

Matt Dunlop
Head of Sustainability

Matt Dunlop

Hannah Owens
Sustainability Manager

Hannah Owens

Sam Boot
Energy Manager

Sam Boot

Denise Connor
Sustainability Officer

Denise Connor

Luke Whittaker
Sustainability Officer

Luke Whittaker

William Brown
Sustainability Officer

Sustainability Officer


Katherine Smith
Sustainability Assistant

Sustainability Assistant



Environment and Sustainability Committee

Senior management involvement is a key component of operational sustainability across the university as a whole.

The Environment and Sustainability Committee (ESC) is the most senior authority on sustainability matters in the university. The ESC also acts as the Management Review for our Environmental Management System and our Energy Management System, which are certified to ISO 14001 and ISO 50001 respectively.

Chaired by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Julie Sanders), the ESC brings together a wide range of academics, including experts from Engineering, Life and Environmental Sciences, and Medical Sciences; members of the Estates Support Service, including the Head of Sustainability Matt Dunlop; and the democratically elected President of the Students Union representing the views of students.