Environmental compliance means conforming to environmental laws, regulations, standards and other site-specific requirements. UNSW's operations are diverse and impact the environment in different ways. Activities that have potential environmental impacts are reduced, or avoided completely via careful planning through UNSW's Environmental Management Plan (EMP). This outlines a series of targets, strategies and indicators to ensure, not only full compliance, but ongoing best practice.

Compliance and pollution prevention are key components of UNSW's
Environmental Management Plan.
See the EMP for a status report for 2016.

EMP compliance objectives

  • Maintain full compliance with all environmental legislative and regulatory requirements.
  • Conduct environmental audit/inspections of identified high risk facilities to ensure compliance and environmental improvement.
  • Develop and implement strategies for managing and/or reducing toxic, hazardous and hard waste.

Compliance and pollution prevention activities

  • Communicating staff compliance responsibilities via the Sustainability website
  • Actively managing our environmental responsibilities via UNSW's Environmental Management System.
  • The provision of an online reporting tool to enable staff report any hazards or environmental incidents on any UNSW campus or site.
  • Green Lab Program.
  • Security staff hazardous spill management training.
  • Batteries and toner cartridge recycling program.
  • Reporting via UNSW's annual Sustainability Report.