Environmental Management

Coventry University Group is committed to managing its impact on the environment, and since 2014 the University has been externally accredited to an international standard for Environmental Management (ISO14001). 

The Environmental Management System (EMS) provides a framework for continually improving our environmental performance across the group while reducing our negative impacts and increasing our positive impacts on the environment.

At the bottom of this page you will find our Environment and Sustainability Policy, our ISO14001 certification, and other downloads with further information about how we manage these impacts.

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The scope of our ISO14001 EMS is all UK Activities of Coventry University Group incorporating teaching, research and support services.


The management structure of Coventry University’s Environmental Management can be found on P3 of the Sustainability Strategy, downloadable below.

Environmental Sustainability Policy

Our policy provides details of our commitments and governance of environmental sustainability. This is approved annually through a formal internal review process. The review includes consultation with internal stakeholders from across the group and also the students union. This ensures the policy reflects the needs of the university and its staff and students.


A number of Environmental Procedures are in place which act to minimise environmental risk in the day-to-day operation of the University. These procedures include:

  • Carbon and Energy Procedure
  • Sustainable Procurement Procedure
  • Waste Procedure
  • Spill Control Procedure
  • Transport Procedure

These procedures are available for staff, along with further information about Environmental Management (restricted access).

Targets and objectives

Our Group Strategy commits us to achieve net zero carbon for direct (scope 1 and 2) emissions by 2030 and to reduce indirect (scope 3) emissions by 30% by 2030 from a 2020/21 baseline.

Over the last year we have been working closely with consultants to define a decarbonisation plan which specifies standards for new build properties as well as refurbishments - and outlines how fossil fuels will be eliminated as far as practicable.

The interim Carbon Management Plan 2022, which can be downloaded below, sets targets for carbon reduction across all scopes, however it is expected this will be revised when the Group decarbonisation plan is finalised.

A wide range of additional targets and objectives are also detailed in our ‘Environmental Action Plan’ which you can download below.


If you are aware of any Environmental incidents or opportunities for improvement then these should be reported to the Environment team.

The Environmental Management System is implemented by the Environment Team, who can be contacted on:

Telephone: +44 (0)24 77 657220

Email: envteam.est@coventry.ac.uk

You can see updates from the team on Twitter and Instagram.

Environmental Policies

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