University of Portsmouth: Getting greener


The University of Portsmouth has boosted its green credentials by gaining ISO 14001 environmental management system (EMS) certification. They are one of only a few universities to have been awarded ISO 14001. This certification builds on the University’s other environmental achievements, which include a Green League First Class Award gained in 2011.
The University began the process by integrating its existing corporate plans, environmental policy and codes of practice into its new EMS. Several months on, EMS mechanisms have now been embedded in existing procedures, including in the key area of Health & Safety.
Charles Joly, Energy and Environment Assistant at the University of Portsmouth, says: “SGS United Kingdom Limited made the effort of bringing a technical member of staff to the selection interview, which added an extra dimension to our discussions. In addition, SGS was clearly committed to accompanying us through the certification process and helping us to improve our environmental performance.”