Our vision to become the most sustainable university in the world

Our vision to become one of the most sustainable universities in the world. In 2016, Manchester Metropolitan became the first UK University to achieve the new ISO14001:2015 accreditation for environmental management, retained our top three position in the People and Planet University League for our environmental and ethical performance, and were awarded ‘Go Ultra Low Company’ status for our implementation of electric vehicles. These are just some of the highlights from 2015-16, which are outlined in Manchester Met’s recent Environmental Sustainability Statement.

Back in 2014, the development of a new Environmental Sustainability Strategy 2014-2020 helped us identify our important environmental and social impacts, and importantly, what we could do limit our impacts, protect the environment, ensure we are able to mitigate against and adapt to climate change, and to positively contribute towards sustainable development at the university and beyond.

We have recently published our annual Environmental Sustainability Statement for 2015-16,which outlines the steps we have taken to progress towards the ambitious targets set in the University’s Environmental Sustainability Strategy. Here are some of the key highlights:

  • 23.5% reduction in carbon emissions since 2005-6 baseline year.
    Our energy consumption influences significantly our carbon emissions reduction, and so using energy efficiently, and consuming low carbon and renewable energy is essential.
  • 46.3% of our waste is now reused and recycled.
    This means that we are well on our way to achieving our 60% target by 2020 thanks to students and staff recycling on campus.
  • 60.6% of students say they are gaining the skills and knowledge to understand key global sustainability issues.
    Whilst at studying at university, our students can access and engage in activities, projects and research to understand sustainable development.
  • 48.0% of the university’s core fleet vehicles are electric or low-carbon emissions.
    Awarded the ‘Go Ultra Low Company’ status in 2016, we are working to introduce more low emission and electric vehicles to meet our 75% target by 2020.
  • First UK University to achieve the ISO14001:2015 certification.
    An Environmental Management System which provides a framework to manage our impacts and continuously improve our environmental performance.
  • Top 3 University for environmental and ethical performance.
    Placed in the top three performing universities in the People and Planet Green League for four consecutive years.
  • Level 3 Flexible Framework achieved.
    This allows organisations to measure and monitor progress on sustainable procurement, we have met level three out of five.
  • 86.0% of students and 75.8% of staff think that Manchester Metropolitan is an environmentally sustainable university.

Read about a variety of sustainability initiatives and projects, and find out more about Manchester Met’s impacts in the  2015-16 Environmental Sustainability Statement.