Environmental Management

The University looks to manage the way it interacts with the environment by embedding an Environmental Management System (EMS).

An EMS is a set of tools and processes, not unlike those needed to manage Health and Safety (H&S) – for example and EMS assess the potential impact of an activity, identifies potential actions to prevent or mitigate risks, and ensures checks, audits and reviews are conducted to see if the controls are effective.

An EMS also engenders best practice, recognises great work already underway, helps to identify and fill any gaps, and benefits the environment in the process.

An EMS can be audited by a third party and certified against an international standard – ISO 14001 – to confirm that an effective and suitable system is in place. The University of Oxford has buildings which are certified to ISO 14001:2004.

To find out more about the EMS and access related documents visit our EMS page