Our operations

As a large organisation, our day-to-day operations and activities have an environmental and social impact that occur both locally and further afield. Keele University has set out its ambition to achieve carbon neutral status by 2030 and we aim to integrate sustainability into all of our day to day operations, from the energy used in our buildings and the waste generated to the products we purchase, the food we serve from our catering outlets and the impact of staff and students travelling to campus. Key to achieving this is raising awareness and engaging staff, students and visitors so they can make sustainable choices.

Eco Campus / ISO 14001

To manage the environmental impact from the University’s Operations and activities we have implemented an accredited Environmental Management System, Eco- Campus. Eco-Campus provides a structured approach to managing our sustainability performance, and meets the international standard for environmental management ISO:14001 (2015).

This standard covers the key areas of: energy and carbon, waste, water, biodiversity, transport, food and procurement. It also provides guidance on how to continuously reduce our negative environmental impacts. We are currently accredited to the Silver award of Eco-Campus and aim to gain Gold accreditation in early 2020. Our annual Eco Campus Objectives and Targets contains specific time-bound targets and actions to reduce the environmental impact of the University.