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Title: How Green is my university? Sustainability in HE in Wales


How Green is my university? Sustainability in HE
in Wales EAUC Conference 24th March
2010 Professor Phil Gummett Chief Executive
Sustainable Development in Wales
  • Statutory requirement of section 79 of the
    Government of Wales Act 2006 (updates provisions
    within previous 1998 legislation)
  • Requirement on ministers to develop a scheme
    setting out intended actions One Wales One Planet
    published in May 2009 is the third SD plan
  • To present to the National Assembly for Wales
  • Requirement to report on progress annually this
    is done against UK five principles of SD and
    includes comparison with other government
    departments and agencies.

Welsh Assembly Government Approach to
  • Aims to ensure that- Sustainable development
    will be the central organising principle of the
    Welsh Assembly Government and we will encourage
    and enable others to embrace sustainable
    development as their central organising
  • In Wales sustainable development means enhancing
    the economic, social, and environmental wellbeing
    of people and communities, achieving a better
    quality of life for our own and future
    generations in ways which promote social justice
    and equality of opportunity

Welsh Assembly Government Approach to
  • Enhance the natural and cultural environment and
    respect its limits using only our fair share of
    the earths resources and sustaining our cultural
  • Develop a resilient and sustainable economy that
    is able to develop whilst stabilising and then
    reducing its use of natural resources and
    reducing its contribution to climate change
  • Consistency across all policy areas for example
    the Science Policy includes research into
    developing low carbon economy
  • And social / economic renewal as priority areas.

Education for sustainable development and global
  • Recognises the unique opportunity education
    offers to engage with society, to question, to
    educate, and in different ways to promote an
    understanding of sustainability, undertake
    research, and demonstrate progress
  • Links with the United Nations Decade of Education
    for Sustainability 2005-2015 and its four key
  • Promotion and improvement of education
  • Reorienting education to include the principles
    of SD
  • Developing public awareness
  • Training the existing workforce to embed

HEFCW approach to sustainability
  • Corporate and operational plan Commitment to
    Making it Work the HE sector. Support and
    develop institutions that have the resources and
    capacity to thrive in an era of constrained
    public resource
  • Enabling institutions to develop sustainability
    as a system
  • The requirement to develop environmental
    management systems that record both actions and
    provide data on performance
  • Financial support for the Universities that Count
    project that enables institutions to explore and
    understand both environmental and corporate
    responsibility issues
  • The provision of funding via Reaching Higher to
    support the introduction of advanced energy and
    water metering.

HEFCW approach to sustainability
  • Supporting the development of sustainable
    procurement through use of the Sustainable
    Procurement Assessment Framework, and the
    Strategic Risk Assessment tool
  • Implementing the WAG Sustainable Buildings
  • Supporting the implementation of the ESDGC Action
    Plan including the curriculum audit, the best
    practice study, and the introduction of annual
    reporting on ESDGC through the strategic planning

Research Investments
  • Climate Change Consortium for Wales - will
    examine marine and atmospheric systems as well as
    looking at human dimensions of climate change.4M
    funding provided total project amounts to 11.50M
    and involves Aberystwyth, Bangor, Cardiff, and
    Swansea universities
  • Low Carbon Research Institute will be working
    on low carbon energy generation, storage, and
    distribution as well as working on energy
    efficiency. The project includes Cardiff,
    Bangor, Glamorgan, Glyndwr and Swansea
    Universities. 5M support provided as part of
    9.38M project
  • Biosciences and Environmental Alliance - develops
    previous partnership between Aberystwyth and
    Bangor now incorporates the merger of the
    Institute of Grassland and Environmental Research
    with Aberystwyth, 23.5M funding provided out of
    total project of 55.2M
  • Hydrogen research - Glamorgan university are now
    working with the LCRI to further develop research
    on hydrogen.

What has been achieved so far?
  • Estates / Institutional Management
  • 5 universities engaged within the Carbon Trust
    Higher Education Carbon Management Programme
  • Carbon emissions per FTE on the non residential
    estate have reduced by 12.2 over the last three
  • Recycling has increased from 14 to 26 by volume
    over the last three years
  • Introduction of WAG Sustainable Buildings
  • 3 HEIs have already achieved WAG requirements on
    the SPAF in advance of deadline.

The Kegie Building - University of Wales,

Institute of Life Sciences, Swansea

What has been achieved so far? ESDGC
  • First national assessment of sustainability
    within the curriculum using the STAUNCH tool
    developed by Cardiff University
  • Swansea University and University of Wales,
    Newport have been successful in securing a United
    Nations Regional Centre of Expertise in
    Sustainability for Wales
  • Ongoing development of environmental management
  • ESD reporting incorporated within strategic
    planning processes.

What has been achieved so far? Research?

  • Relatively new and innovative areas of research
    arguably to early to judge success?
  • Low Carbon Research Institute has already
    generated research proposals with a value of 46M
    including 34M WEFO funded programme to help
    Welsh businesses develop innovative carbon
    reduction projects
  • Biosciences and Environmental Alliance - Secured
    230 jobs, and enabled the development of world
    class bioscience research that will underpin the
    next phase of growth in agriculture, food,
    bio-renewable and land based industries
  • Glamorgan University has been awarded additional
    work with a value of 6.3M to undertake research
    around generating hydrogen from renewable
    electricity and biological sources, the strategic
    build up of hydrogen infrastructure, and
    hydrogen as an energy store.

What Comes Next ?
  • A new ESDGC Action Plan
  • The Welsh Climate Change Strategy
  • New Guidance on Estates Strategies from HEFCW
  • Guidance on carbon reduction from HEFCW
  • Actions to Implement For our Future.

  • Challenge of sustaining and continuing progress
    during the recession and inevitable increased
    financial pressures.
  • Further need to integrate and embed
    sustainability within systems, and move away from
    initiative overkill.
  • To develop cultural change and strengthen concept
    of social justice.
  • To ensure that education has a robust record of
    progress in sustainability through research,
    relationship with the community and in
    institutional management that will enhance its
    reputation and provide a clear and distinctive
    message to both students and staff