SMART targets

Please note that these targets are currently being reviewed. New targets will be published on this webpage early in 2021.


Consultants have been employed to create the new Biodiversity Action Plan, this is currently under review within the University. It will be approved and will help the university increase the biodiversity on site by 35%, within the next 3 years.

Community involvement

The university has committed to providing over 20,000 hours of volunteering in the next 12 months. It is hoped a proportion of this will be used for the environmental/ sustainable local community projects. The University also has a community fund which can be used for local projects.

Construction and refurbishment

In the next 12 months, over 90% of the construction work will be refurbishment or extensions to existing University of Derby buildings. The Estate Development Team, are working toward internationally recognised environmental construction standards on all building work (RICS SKA Rating) and have developed the Lifecycle Checklist A to B document and internal Sustainable Construction Standard guidance.

Emissions and discharges

The university will continue to have zero un-controlled emissions and discharges, from any activities which the institution undertakes. All known discharges and emissions are compliant with our issued permits (Environmental Agency and Severn Trent Water), this is audited annually and all documents kept within the EMS system.

Sustainable Procurement

Our Finance and Procurement Team are working with our preferred suppliers to use sustainability tools which are available and to use suppliers who have completed sustainability assessments through framework agreements.

Travel and transport

We are committed to promoting and facilitating travel to our sites by alternatives to sole occupancy cars. These include free inter-site shuttle bus service, walking routes, and maps for students and staff. Our Travel survey will be completed on a bi-annual basis and results published. We also have a fleet of pool cars for staff travel off-site, which aims to reduce emissions associated with business travel.

Visit our Travel pages for more information.


As the university follows the principles of the waste hierarchy, we aim to ensure none of our non-hazardous waste goes to landfill, it is recycled or converted into energy. Our target is to reach 55% on site recycling annually, which is measured monthly. Our waste contractor guarantees a zero to landfill result for all scheduled waste. Hazardous waste is diverted from landfill where possible.

Visit our Waste and recycling pages for our sustainability map and more information.


The university is committed to the reduction of single use plastics where possible, and have installed mains water fountains through all university sites for students, staff and visitors to refill water bottles and increase re-using water bottles.