The University of Kent has secured certification to ISO 14001:2004, the internationally recognised environment management standard.
The standard was awarded by Certification International – a UKAS accredited organisation providing assessment, analysis and certification services to companies of all sizes across a wide range of standards.
ISO 14001:2004 sets out the criteria for an environmental management system (EMS) – a structured framework to help manage, evaluate and improve environmental performance in a verifiable way. It can help an organisation protect the environment by identifying and monitoring legal requirements, improving resource efficiency and dealing with the effects of climate change.
As part of its EMS, the university implemented a ‘plan–do–check–act’ cycle for controlling and continuously improving its environmental performance. It also took steps to engage staff in its environmental practices. Staff whose activities had the potential to significantly impact on the environment received specific training, and all staff are encouraged to participate in its e-learning module which covers awareness of environmental issues and sustainability, what the university is doing to manage its environmental impact, the basics of its environmental management system and environmental management and good practice in the workplace.
Andrew Briggs, Fire Safety & Environment Adviser from the Safety, Health & Environment Unit at the University of Kent comments: “The University acknowledges that its day-to-day practices have an environmental impact and we are committed to managing this. Our overall goal is to be a responsible organisation that leads by example. We have put systems in place to manage our processes, material and people in order to reduce any environmental impacts associated with our work and contribute to positive environmental improvements. By achieving ISO 14000 it demonstrates our commitment to following good environmental practice whilst striving for continual improvement.”
Certification International’s UK business manager Emma Fawcett-Jones comments: “By achieving certification for ISO 14001, The University of Kent has clearly demonstrated that it has a strong commitment to reducing its impact on the environment. The framework provided by ISO 14001 will allow them to monitor progress and further improve performance in this key area.”