MMU ISO Celebration

Contributed by Alice Litchfield on 19.04.2016

An Article about Manchester Metropolitan University's ISO Celebration, written by Alice Litchfield 

On Thursday 21st April, Manchester Metropolitan University are celebrating; they are the first UK University to achieve the revised ISO 14001: 2015 standards and are implementing them throughout the university.

The event will have guest speakers including Paul Kingsmore (Manchester Metropolitan University, Director of Services), Cllr Kate Chappell, (Manchester City Council’s Executive Member for the Environment) and Dr John Hindley, (Manchester Metropolitan University, Assistant Director Estates Management and Sustainability). The event will be to thank all those for their hard work in implementing the strategy and to also be able to find out about other local and citywide sustainability projects.

ISO 14001 is the principal management system standard and is designed to specify the requirements for the implementation and maintenance of an environmental management system (EMS). Over the last three years EMS has been implemented in Manchester Metropolitan University using the EcoCampus scheme. This scheme is designed to provide a structured approach to the ISO standard with a set of regulations and is adopted by many higher education institutions. It is a scheme that allows these institutions to identify, evaluate, manage and improve their sustainability performance and practices.

In order for the university to get the revised standard they had an independent audit consisting of a number of site visits, interviews and checking the environmental procedures and legal compliance. The key changes of the revised programme include increased prominence of environmental management within the organisations strategic planning processes, greater focus on leadership and the addition of proactive initiatives to protect the environment from harm and degradation.   

By achieving this early certification it shows the University’s commitment to environmental performance and how it is now embedded into the making of the institution including the people who work and study there. The University now has an enhanced environmental performance and has to meet certain obligations but it shows their fully embedded commitment to sustainability as an institution. The University’s progress and achievements are detailed within their annual Environmental Sustainability Statement 2014-15 Click HERE for the statement. You can also find digital versions of their environmental policy, strategy and sign up to receive their monthly news at