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Policies and Reports

Understand the policies that enable NTU to operate as a responsible, sustainable university, and explore our annual reports which summarise our ongoing sustainability efforts and achievements.

Reporting on Progress

We strive for continual improvement and report on sustainability activities across NTU on an annual basis. The 2021-22 NTU Sustainability report summarises our continued efforts in embracing sustainability across all areas of the university.

Previous year annual reports can also be viewed here:

ISO 14001

We're proud to have been one of the first universities to hold the internationally recognised ISO 14001 certification since 2012, which recognises the hard work of stakeholders across NTU, helping to ensure our environmental management is amongst the strongest in the UK Higher Education sector. Find out more about the benefits of an environmental management system and the NTU policies that support our certification.

Developing our policies

These policies are reviewed and developed by Sustainability Team, approved at executive level by NTU's Chief Operating Officer. Individual policies encompass stakeholders from across all areas of the university, including staff and student representatives, who input towards our strategy and environmental policy. Alongside the Sustainability Team, our Chief Operating Officer and various colleagues across the university develop and monitor NTU’s Sustainability Strategy, Carbon Management Plan, Community Engagement requirements and Education for Sustainable Development Framework.

Our Policies

As one of the UK's largest universities, we acknowledge our activities will significantly impact the environment at both local and global levels. As a responsible institution, we promote environmental and sustainability awareness and education, in accordance with our strategic plan. Read our Environmental Policy 2023

As part of our Environmental Policy we have a range of objectives to reach to comply with our IS0 14001 Environmental Management System - Current Year 2022/23

We are committed to protecting and enhancing the biodiversity of our estate, which includes the rich variety of life, all species of plants and animals and the ecosystems of which they are part.

Read our Biodiversity Policy 2023

We are committed to reducing the carbon emissions of our estate, whilst pursuing leading research and teaching that helps tackle climate change. We are committed to reaching Net Zero Carbon across all three scopes by 2040.

Read our Net Zero Carbon Policy 2023

The aim of this policy is to direct how energy is managed and monitored by the University, how wastage is kept to a minimum and how the use of low carbon and renewable technologies can be optimised.

Find out more by reading our Energy Policy 2023

NTU are proud to be an ethical University and aim to include NTU's ethics and values in all decisions made across our organisation.

Read our Ethical Investment Policy

As part of our commitment to sustainable procurement, we aim to follow the principles of the Fairtrade Foundation and meet eight key objectives.

View our Fairtrade Policy 2023

The aim of this policy is to provide users with information on how the internal environment is managed at the University, the process for reporting faults or concerns and how requests for adjustments to centrally controlled systems can be made.

View our Management of Building Temperatures Policy 2023

This statement is made pursuant to section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and constitutes Nottingham Trent University's slavery and human trafficking statement for the financial year ending 31 July 2022.

Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking statement

Our Dignity and Respect Policy sets out our commitment to sustaining an inspirational and supportive learning and working environment. This environment should be characterised by dignity, fairness, respect and courtesy.

Read our Dignity and Respect Policy (PDF,  59KB)

This policy sets out our commitment to sustaining an inclusive and supportive learning and working environment. This environment should be characterised by inclusivity, respect and dignity.

Read our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Policy (PDF,  58KB)

To achieve our aspirations to reduce the production of waste across NTU, our Plastic Pledge is committed to eliminate the use of unnecessary single-use plastics.

View our Plastic Pledge

The Sustainability Team works collaboratively to provide regular, meaningful engagement opportunities for staff and students, which connects our people with sustainable development issues.

View our Engagement Strategy

In line with our Carbon Reduction Policy, we're committed to building and refurbishing our estate in a manner that reduces carbon emissions.

View our Sustainable Construction Policy 2023

Our sustainable food policy has been designed as a main driver in our commitment to deliver healthy and sustainable food and beverage products to our staff, students and visitors.

View our Sustainable Food and Beverage Policy 2023

Nottingham Trent University acknowledges that its purchasing activities have a significant impact on the environment, society and the economy.

View our Sustainable Procurement Policy 2023

NTU is committed to providing and influencing the development of responsible transport solutions as part of its corporate, strategic and local plans.

View our Transport Policy 2023

Due to the negative and environmental impacts associated with generating waste and waste disposal, we're committed to reducing those impacts through effective management of these waste streams.

View our Waste Policy 2023

Taking water management measures that, in addition to meeting all legal requirements and approved codes of practice, minimise water wastage and optimise the use of water saving and harvesting technologies.

View our Water Policy 2023