Environmental Management System (EMS)

Newcastle University has implemented an Environmental Management System (EMS) that is certified by ISO14001 (PDF: 53KB) and awarded Ecocampus Platinum.

The scope of the Management Systems is defined as:

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

The EMS provides a framework by which the University monitors and reduces its environmental impacts. The certification by ISO14001 requires that we set periodic objectives, reflecting our commitment to continual improvement in environmental performance.

Every objective has associated targets that help us to monitor the University’s progress towards fully integrating sustainability in its day to day operations and services.

Communications Relating to the Environmental Management System (EMS)

If you receive any communication from external bodies relating to the environment or environmental impacts (e.g. Environment Agency, DEFRA, Northumbrian Water etc.) please ensure that you foward copies to Sustainable.Campus@ncl.ac.uk to ensure that records of this correspondence is maintained.

Impacts on the Environment

As part of our EMS we recognise the impact that the University’s services and activities have on the environment. These impacts are diverse and numerous, and many are significant in their potential to cause harm.

Environmental Procedures

Newcastle University have created a number Operational Control Procedures and Work Instructions to control all of our significant environmental aspects. A full list is available here. If you would like to request a copy of one of the procedures please e-mail sustainable.campus@ncl.ac.uk

Student Involvement

Students have played an important role in the continual improvement and development of the University's EMS and EnMS. Every year a MSc Clean Technology student undertakes a dissertation placement with the team, assessing the effectiveness of the EMS and working alongside the Team provide fresh eyes on the system to help drive continual improvement. Details of the dissertation titles are below:

Luke Whittaker (2017)- Bringing the Environmental Management System (EMS) of Newcastle University in line with the updated ISO 14001:2015 International Standard.

Kathryn Hall (2016)- Implementing ISO 14001:2015 evaluating its effectiveness in higher education settings.

Sam Boot (2015)- Evaluating the costs and benefits of implementing an ISO 50001 Energy Management System and its integration with an ISO 14001 Environmental Management System.

Laura Diaz-Silvarrey (2013)- Energy review to implement ISO 50001 at Newcastle University.

Sean Jobling (2012)- The implementation of EcoCampus Platinum phase and ISO 14001 at Newcastle University.

James Upstill-Goddard (2011)- An evaluation of the effectiveness of the EcoCampus Environmental Management System at Newcastle University.

Adam White (2010)- Environmental Management Systems within Higher Education.

Tairat Bashorun (2009)- Implementing EcoCampus at Newcastle University.

Students from this course also learn about practical environmental auditting with the Team and go on to conduct environmental audits on various procedures that form part of the EMS. This is of benefit to the University and the students, as it provides the students with valuable opportunity to apply thier learning in a real life scenario and gain valuable practical sustainability skills to boost their employability.


ISO 14001 & ISO 50001 Certification Stamp