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Our Policy on Environmental Management

At Cambridge University Press we have a responsibility to protect the environment, and are committed to improving our environmental performance throughout every stage of our operations.

Our publishing activities, products and services for the global academic and educational markets can have an impact on the environment. We want to reduce that impact by implementing systems for managing environmental risks and opportunities and complying with all our obligations.

As part of our business strategy, we will strive to:

  • Reduce carbon emissions and equivalent emissions by minimizing energy consumption and unnecessary business travel
  • Reduce resource consumption and waste, and increase recycling where possible
  • Prevent pollution
  • Seek assurance from our suppliers that forestry products are legally sourced
  • Promote our environmental policy to our people, our suppliers, our customers, our local community, our University and our other partners


Peter Phillips, Chief Executive



We are committed to reducing our impact on the environment through careful management of our activities, products and services. For the past ten years we have held certification to the Environmental Management System Standard ISO14001. Every year we monitor our carbon emissions to help us evaluate and further improve our environmental performance.

During 2017–18 we discussed the development of a long-term carbon reduction strategy that would cover the decades to 2050, dividing and prioritising our goals into the three different ‘scopes’, or categories defined by the ‘Greenhouse Gas Protocol’, a standard that helps countries and cities track progress toward climate goals. We also re-evaluated our internal and external environmental risks and opportunities and examined the possibility of introducing solar panels on flat roof areas of the Shaftesbury Road headquarters. 

We planted a sedum roof on the flat roof around the courtyard of the University Printing House which will filter CO2 and pollutants and encourage bio-diversity as well as its direct benefits. 

During 2017–18 total energy use at all of our UK sites fell by three per cent to 1,189 tonnes of COequivalent. At Shaftesbury Road electricity consumption fell by two per cent to 1,089 tonnes of CO2 equivalent.

Energy savings at the site included the migration of data storage to the cloud and the installation of local boilers in kitchen areas, motion sensors in refurbished areas, and dusk to dawn lighting in the visitors’ car park set to the astrological time clock.

Business travel, which now accounts for 65 per cent of our carbon emissions, fell by three per cent during the year, despite the continued global growth of the Press, while emissions from company owned vehicles fell by four per cent to 83 tonnes of CO2 equivalent.

Total landfill waste generated at all UK sites rose from two tonnes of CO2 equivalent to 4.8 tonnes of CO2 equivalent. This was due to office refurbishments. Recycling remained at under 0.2 tonnes of CO2 equivalent. We have switched to waste contractors who do not use landfill sites; waste is instead processed using recycling, incinerating and anaerobic digestion methods. We introduced a plan to reduce plastic packaging in the Shaftesbury Road restaurant. Our Cambridge bookshop promoted Earth Day, which this year was focusing on ending single use plastic pollution. 

We further sought to increase the environmental engagement of our suppliers by evaluating their environmental credentials as part of our tendering process, while we continued to provide assurance that all the paper we purchase is from sustainable sources.


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