We aim to create a sustainable campus- one that supports teaching, learning and research, and that incorporates environmental sustainability into all aspects of our Estates and Operations.
Our business activities affect the environment on a local and global scale- and for that reason it is vital we reduce our negative impacts. Since 2005, Manchester Met has been working towards ambitious reductions in energy consumption and carbon emissions.
It is important that we reduce operational energy consumption in line with our energy targets, and our carbon emissions in line with our carbon targets for scope 1 and 2 and 3 emissions.
The Energy Investment Plan (EIP) forms one of the main pillars of Manchester Met's revised carbon management plan to cover the period of 2015 – 2020 to reduce greenhouse our gas emissions (scope 1 and 2) from a 2005/06 baseline: a 35% reduction by 2015/16 and a 50% reduction by 2020/21.
An A Scope 3 Carbon Report supports the EIP through measuring indirect, scope 3 carbon emissions, setting reduction targets and detailing the planned management activities to mitigate their impact.
Student participation and engagement was and is an essential part of the development and delivery or our energy management plans and continued reduction in energy use and carbon footprint.
As part of an MSc and PhD research project, a methodology for calculating scope 3 emissions associated with International, EU and home student travel enabled Manchester Met to baseline the emissions and continue to measure them in the future.
We aim to embed principles that will minimise the environmental impact of the University estate from design to occupation.
Our Manchester Birley Campus hosts a wide range of technologies that improve our efficiency, minimise water use and maximise green space and biodiversity. We have developed self-guided sustainability trail and have created community orchard and woodland spaces.
We manage our buildings intelligently and monitor how and where we use energy against our expected use. Have a look at our live energy platform for our buildings.
We aim to minimise the impact of staff and student travel and encourage the use of efficient modes of transport that reduce environmental impact, congestion and air pollution.
Encouraging Electric vehicle use - we have one of the largest electric vehicle charging infrastructures in Manchester – staff, students and members of the public can charge for up to 4 hours in our electric vehicle charging bays! Find out more
Electric pool cars - If you are a member of staff at Manchester Met, we have a fleet of new Nissan Leaf 100% electric vehicles for use for work-based journeys. Find out how you can access the vehicles
If you are a member of staff at Manchester Met, check out our Halfords Cycle to Work Scheme which cold save you up to 42% on the cost of a new bicycle and accessories.
We aim to effectively manage and reduce our mains water consumption across our estate and increase the deployment of sustainable drainage and flood prevention measures.
That means that when we develop our estate or refurbish our buildings, it's essential that we integrate water systems that reduce our mains water consumption, that reduce our total water consumption and deploy systems that reduce the risk of flooding.
Our Business School and Student Hub and Birley Campus, both operate borehole water systems- drawing water from an aquifer underground. Our Birley campus deploys greywater and rainwater harvesting systems, and the water drawn from the borehole is treated to provide drinking water to campus, as well cool the building. Read more about our Zero Water Systems.
We aim to protect and enhance biodiversity across the University and promote its benefits for students, staff, visitors and local communities.
Our staff, students and local volunteers have conducted a number of biodiversity surveys called 'Bioblitz MMU' - that have contributed towards the development of a University-wide Biodiversity Action Plan.
Manchester Met actively consider and incorporate a range of aspects when designing and developing our Campuses that enrich biodiversity. A Community Woodland creates a species rich environment, and engages local communities in its development and provides an open educational resource for our students, as well as local schools and residents.
The Ethical Investment Policy applies to all staff, students and stakeholders of Manchester Metropolitan University and sets out to incorporate an ethical approach to all investments with due consideration for governance, environmental and social impacts. The Policy requires a systematic, measured and continuous improvement approach, recognising that ethical investment must be meaningful and substantial.
See the Ethical Investment Policy