Policy, strategy and compliance

Send us your feedback

We are keen to know your views on our sustainability policy. We encourage staff and students to offer suggestions on how we can improve our work. If you would like to offer any additions or changes, please contact us at sustainability-estates@bristol.ac.uk or visit our Get Involved pages.  

The strategy for a Sustainable University of Bristol  

Approved in 2017, the Sustainability Policy 2017-2023 (PDF, 7,887kB) sets out University's commitment to sustainability.

We are currently working on refreshing all of our policies in line with the revised University of Bristol Vision and Strategy 2030. Until the review process is complete, we continue to follow our existing policies.

Other Commitments 

Annual Reports

We continue to make considerable progress towards our strategy goals and we are pleased to present the 2022-23 Annual Report:

Reports on investment in Sustainability‌

Environmental Management System

We have achieved certification to the world’s most recognised environmental management system (EMS) standard: ISO 14001.

ISO 14001 is an international standard that provides a framework for organisations to understand, manage and improve their environmental impacts and performance.  It helps us put environmental management at the heart of everything we do, enabling us to achieve success in our sustainability goals.

Download our current ISO14001:2015 certificate: ISO Certificate (PDF, 607kB)

Find out more about our Environmental Management System (ISO 14001:2015)

BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Methodology) 

The University has a 'BREEAM Plus' standard which all large projects have to adhere to. You can download the standard here. BREEAM Plus Standard (PDF, 145kB)

We use BREEAM as our framework to drive forward the sustainability agenda in all our building and refurbishment projects. BREEAM is one of the most established accredited assessment tools in terms of measuring how 'environmental' a new building is. 

Discover more about some of our BREEAM and SKA-accredited construction projects.

United Nations Sustainable Development Goals 

Our commitment to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals is part of the civic pillar of our strategy. Our Sustainable Development Goals Report (PDF, 2,556kB) highlights our progress towards these goals and our activity over 2021/22.



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