Governance, Policy and Targets
Environmental responsibility and sustainable development
Our overarching sustainability and environmental objectives are described in the Environmental Management and Sustainability Policy and associated Strategy. These are supported by area specific policies and targets.
Our arrangements for environmental management, sustainability and climate change fit within the university’s governance structures – which have staff and student representation.
The Environmental Management and Sustainability Panel advises the Executive Leadership Team, Vice-Chancellor, and the Board of Governors on environmental compliance, performance and sustainable development matters. Membership includes JMSU – see the Environmental Management and Sustainability Panel Terms of Reference.
The Climate Change Panel advises senior leadership on the climate change agenda and measures necessary to deliver our Climate Emergency Declaration, which we declared on 7 February 2020. Membership includes JMSU – see the Climate Changel Panel Terms of Reference.
As part of our joined up procedures, we have financial management policies including an Ethical Investment Policy and Financial Statements that address sustainability, climate change and ethical responsibilities.
Funding and Resources
We fund our sustainability and climate change activities in two main ways:
- Staff, routine work and infrastructure projects via standard service and faculty budgets, such as £200k in 2022/23 for energy efficiency and carbon reduction in our estates budget.
- Due to the scale of the activities necessary to achieve our sustainability and climate change improvement objectives, additional funding (approx. £1.2m for 22/23 and onwards) for extra staff, decarbonisation projects and improvements projects on carbon footprint, travel, biodiversity, waste, water and carbon literacy.
Key sustainability staff
Professor Mark Power, as the Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive of our university, is ultimately accountable for the delivery of the environmental management, sustainability and climate change arrangements.
The Board of Governors have nominated a Governor Climate Champion (GCC) - Garry Banks – to have oversight responsibility for providing assurance to the Board that we are meeting all of our sustainability and climate change commitments.
Other key staff
Other key staff, including for implementation of our arrangements are:
Professor Philip Vickerman, Pro-Vice Chancellor – Student Experience and Chair of the Environmental Management and Sustainability Panel
Professor Laura Bishop, Pro-Vice Chancellor – Faculty of Science and Joint Chair of the Climate Change Panel
Dr Jason Kirby, Director of the School of Biological and Environmental Sciences, Faculty of Science and Joint Chair of the Climate Change Panel
John Gillin; Head of Safety, Health and Environment, SHE Department
Steve Fisher: Safety, Health & Environment Adviser, SHE Department
Oliver Irving, Safety, Health & Environment Support Officer, SHE Department
Nia Williams, Energy Manager, Campus Services
Sarah Latham, Senior Development Manager (Student Opportunities & Development), John Moores Student Union
Ambar Ennis, VP Community & Wellbeing, John Moores Student Union
Mark Askem, Director of Estate Development
Tudor Williams, Director of Campus Services
Diane Spivey, Head of Transition
Peter Robinson, Head of Catering, Campus Services
Janet Martin, Director of Corporate Communications and Stakeholder Relations
Chris Finn, Director of Student Futures
Due to GDPR, online security and work allocation issues, please make any initial contact to key staff through HSU@ljmu.ac.uk.
Our main target and goals
As a university we have the overall target to be net zero carbon by 2035.
Education and training
- Enhance skills of staff and students via a carbon awareness programme
- Support the development of a greener, more sustainable Liverpool City Region as part of our Civic Engagement Strategy Place and Community programme
Recycling and waste
- Reduce the amount of waste generated per person year on year
- Maintain 0% waste to landfill
- Achieve 60% recycling rate across the University
Emissions and carbon management
- Source all electricity via renewable sources
- Reduce CO2 energy emissions year on year to 2030
- Commission a Heat Decarbonisation Plan by September 2023
- No increases to our chemical / trade effluent discharges to sewer despite increased student numbers
- To continue provision of free, mains-fed drinking water for LJMU staff/students
- To monitor and control water consumption to maintain a steady consumption rate
- Reduce CO2 emissions associated with the University vehicle fleet
- Reduce number of staff/student single-passenger car commute journeys
- Increase number of staff/students taking up active or more sustainable travel (e.g. walking, cycling, public transport, car sharing)
- Monitor and improve levels of biodiversity across our premises and grounds
- To achieve EcoCampus Silver accreditation by August 2024
Construction and Refurbishment
- Deliver a BREEAM 'outstanding' rating for all new buildings by 2025