Anglia Ruskin's Environmental Management System achieves certification to ISO 14001

Published: 10 November 2009 at 14:19

New standard means ‘continual environmental improvement’ and a commitment to prevent pollution.

In January 2008, Anglia Ruskin University embarked on a project to create a formal Environmental Management System (EMS) that could be independently certified to the International standard of ISO 14001.  In July 2009 IMS International LLP completed the final stages of the audit and confirmed that Anglia Ruskin met the requirements of the standard.

An EMS is a structured management tool that enables an organisation to identify and manage its significant environmental impacts.  This EMS is integrated into the organisation’s activities, procedures and management controls. 

It should take into account an organisation’s main activities and identify what the environmental impacts are in quantifiable terms.  A key principle of an EMS is the ethos of ‘continual environmental improvement’ and a commitment to prevent pollution.  This will need to be demonstrated during audits, reporting and reviews which take place at regular intervals.

Working in partnership with Terry Westley of TW Associates Anglia Ruskin University was able to progress through the external audits to achieve certification to ISO 14001 in 18 months.  This means Anglia Ruskin has joined a handful of Universities who have led the way by attaining the ISO 14001 standard.

Talking about the standard, Mark Norman, Environmental Manager, at Anglia Ruskin said:

“We’re delighted to have achieved certification to ISO 14001 which required a lot of hard work and cooperation from individuals and teams across Anglia Ruskin.  It has from day one delivered both financial and environmental benefits and helped raise awareness.  The independent verification of our EMS is an excellent way of demonstrating our commitment to environmental improvement and transparency to our stakeholders.”

Anglia Ruskin University has taken some significant steps to improve environmental management and energy efficiency of its sites in both Chelmsford and Cambridge.   Its Environmental Management System will provide a platform to maintain momentum in addressing both the sustainability and carbon reduction agendas.