Sustainability information

The University of Reading takes its environmental responsibilities seriousy and will aim to manage its operations in ways that are environmentally sustainable, economically feasible and socially responsible. The University is committed to achieving the highest standards of environmental performance, preventing pollution and minimising the impact of its operations.

As a supplier, you have a crucial role to play in helping us achieve our environmental targets.

The University's role

Over the last 5 years, the University has reduced its carbon emissions by 26%, consistently achieved a 50% recycling rate and has diverted the majority of waste from landfill to energy from waste alternatives. In addition, our main campus has achieved the Green Flag award for the last 5 years for its outstanding green space. We have also invested significantly into improving new build standards ensuring that they meet BREAAM 'Very Good' or better, whilst incorporating low carbon technologies where possible. To ensure the equipment in buildings is as efficient as possible, we have a programme of works to identify inefficient equipment, such as fume cupboards, and upgrading them to improve energy efficiency.

We are continually improving our environmental performance with the use of both an Environmental Management System (EMS) and an Energy Management System (EnMS) certified to ISO14001 and ISO50001 respectively. The EMS covers aspects such as emissions to air, water use, waste and recycling, energy, transport and travel and use of raw materials.

Your role as a supplier

The goods or services you supply will impact our environmental and energy performance and it's your responsibility to ensure this is managed in accordance with University policy.

It is important that you make all staff working on behalf of the University aware of our Energy Policy and  and ensure they know that they must comply with our EnMS and EMS.

Furthermore, if the environment and energy procedures are followed, it reduces the risk of non-compliance with environmental legislation and helps us to protect the environment.

Where we are purchasing equipment that may have a significant impact on the University's energy usage, the tender will partly be evaluated on the basis of energy performance. To find out more about the University's relevant policies and management systems, visit our Sustainability web pages.

We also encourage suppliers to help us improve our management systems and we welcome suggestions on how this can be done.

If you require further information on your role as a supplier in terms of sustainability, details of our policies and management systems, please email sustainability@reading.ac.uk.

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