Environmental Management System

An Environmental Management System (EMS) is a formal system which enables organisations to control and improve their environmental performance and ensure we comply with environmental legislation. Environmental Management Systems are based on the Deming Cycle of Continual Improvement and are similar to systems used for health, safety and quality management.

What is the University doing?

The University of Exeter is implementing an EMS for Campus Infrastructure and Operational Support Services (CIOSS) and the CIOSS Environmental Management Policy‌‌ outlines the goals, responsibilities, aims and commitments that have been adopted within the EMS to cover the activities, services and operations within CIOSS. It is one part of the University's wider Environment and Climate Emergency (E&CE) response and action. The University's ambitious E&CE plans are outlined in this short video and further information can be found on our webpages.

The University of Exeter has previously implemented an EMS for Campus Services and Estate Services and was most recently certified to ISO14001 in April 2021.

What are the benefits of implementing an EMS?

The EMS helps identify areas where efficiency can be improved and savings made. Areas where tangible benefits and financial savings can be achieved are waste management, energy consumption, transportation, packaging and materials use. The other major benefits are:

  • improved compliance with environmental legislation
  • regulator assurance
  • reduced insurance risks
  • reduced environmental risk
  • demonstration of environmental commitment to stakeholders, such as HEFCE
  • support funding bids and invitations to tender
  • demonstration of green credentials to attract staff , students and business customers
  • enhanced environmental awareness within the University community
  • opportunities for research and student projects

Further information

Further information, including EMS procedures and supporting documentation, are stored on SharePoint and accessible to University of Exeter colleagues. This site is managed by the University's EMS guardians. For further information or queries relating to the EMS, please contact our Environment and Climate Emergency team (climateemergency@exeter.ac.uk).