Our policy, standards and objectives

Birmingham City University is committed to protect and manage its environmental impacts through an Environmental Management System (EMS) certified to the ISO 14001 standard. An EMS is the management of environmental programmes in a systematic, planned and documented matter, encouraging continual improvement. The EMS scope covers all activities, products and services across the entire institution.

As part of the EMS, we conduct regular internal audits, have annual external audits and an annual mid-year peer-review audit conducted by another university, to ensure that we continue to improve our environmental performance. On the 20 September 2019, Birmingham City University declared a Climate Emergency.

The current Environmental Policy and Environmental Objectives and Targets are


2017: Transitioned to ISO 14001:2015

2013: Achieved the coveted EcoCampus platinum award and were one of only 10 universities to do so

2011: Certified to the International Standard ISO 14001:2004 for EMS

2009: EcoCampus Environmental Management System