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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 2020-21 NTU Sustainability Report summarises efforts and achievements across NTU to Embrace Sustainability and how we are striving to become the most sustainable University in the UK by 2025.

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 as part of our Embracing Sustainability Strategy Board. The Embracing Sustainability strategy board (ESSB) encompasses stakeholders from across all areas of the university, including staff and student representatives, who input towards our strategy and environmental policy. Alongside developing policies which can be seen listed below, the ESSB oversees the development and monitoring of NTU’s Sustainability Strategy, Carbon Management Plan, Community Engagement requirements and Education for Sustainable Development Framework.

Our Policies

Environmental Policy

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 - Current Year 2021/22

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: 2021/22

Biodiversity Policy

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 full Biodiversity Policy.

Net Zero Carbon Policy

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 full Net Zero Carbon Policy

Energy Policy

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

Ethical Investment Policy

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.

Fairtrade 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.

Modern Slavery Statement

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 2020.

Modern Slavery Statement

Plastic Pledge

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

Engagement Strategy 2021-22

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

Sustainable Construction Policy

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

Sustainable Food and Beverage Policy

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

Sustainable Procurement Policy

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

View our Sustainable Procurement Policy

Transport Policy

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

Waste Policy

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

Water Policy

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