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 2017.

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

  • Annual reporting under the National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting Act 2007 (NGER).
  • Annual reporting to the National Pollutant Inventory (NPI) under the National Environment Protection Measure
  • Communicating staff compliance responsibilities via the Sustainability website
  • Actively managing our environmental responsibilities via UNSW's Environmental Management System.
  • Providing an online reporting tool for staff to report hazards and 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.