The University of South Wales Group has an ISO 14001 certified Environmental Management System (EMS). Our ISO 14001:2004 Certificate currently covers all of the operations carried out by the Estates and Facilities department at all of our campuses, including the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and Merthyr Tydfil College.
It is our intention to extend the certification to the rest of the university in the near future.
ISO 14001 is an international standard designed to address the delicate balance between maintaining profitability and reducing environmental impact.
An EMS is used for managing the environmental impacts of an organisation. For an EMS to be successful it must achieve the goals of being comprehensive, systematic and documented. An EMS is able to provide a structure that enables managers to identify long-term goals, set environmental performance targets and implement action programs to achieve these, and check the progress of an organisation on a periodic basis.
The environmental risk associated with a higher education establishment can be greatly reduced using an EMS by controlling its impacts in a comprehensive and systematic manner. The EMS also contributes to continuous improvement and cost reduction.