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Environmental audit at University of Latvia Juris BendersUL Institute for Environmental Science and Management

# Object and background for environmental audit

# Structure of environmentalaspects – university specificity

# Organization of Environmental audit

# Definition and assessment of environmental aspects

# Sectorial Environmental policies

# Benefits of Environmental audit


Object and background for audit
Object and background for audit

The main building of University of Latvia, situated at the very

centre of Riga (Raina boulv. 19)

A rectorat, main administrative departments, representation

halls, cantine, Faculty of Teology, part of Faculty of Mathematics

and Physics, as well as, institutes and Departments

(including Institute for Environmental Science and Management)

are situated there.

Building Raina 19 is a place

for highest representation at national level !

Building Raina 19 is an architecture monument - object, which is

included into list of UNESCO protected objects.


Object and background for audit1
Object and background for audit

Environmental audit was performed within study process

in MSc study programme “Environmental management” – course “Environmental policy” in 2000.

Study visits with elaboration of Environmental policy

related documents – that is a principal part of study

course.

Theoretical and methodological bakground had been

presented in lectures and seminars.


Environmental aspects
Environmental aspects

Direct environmental aspects –

aspects on which the organization have control;

usually connected with operation of organization,

for example generation of waste, energy

consumption

Indirect environmental aspects –

aspects, which the organization can not manage:

usually connected with products or services



Structure of environmental aspects university case
Structure of environmental aspects – University case

Environmental aspects regarding to:

  • management issues in building (mainly direct impacts and “-”)

  • study process (mainly indirect impcts and “+”)

    Environmental aspects - management issues in building

    (office) in the area of:

  • water management;

  • energy management;

  • indoor environment and waste management;

    Environmental aspects - study process in the area of:

  • study and research;

  • environmental awareness and social-economic development;


Definition of environmental aspects
Definition of environmental aspects

# Definition - are they:

  • direct or indirect;

  • with “-” or “+” influence;

  • regarding to building (ofice) management or study process;

    # Assessment - are the impacts significant?

    Totally about 40 environmental aspects have been identified –

    18 of them have ben recognized as significant


Definition of environmental aspects1
Definition of environmental aspects

Definition and assesment of Environmental aspects

had ben performed/organized in 5 working groups:

1.Water management;

2.Energy management;

3. Indoor environment and waste management;

4. Study and research;

5. Environmental awareness and social-economic development;


Organization of environmental audit
Organization of Environmental audit

Pre - audit measures:

Theoretical and methodological bakground –

lectures and seminars.

Elaboration of Environmental audit plan (time and place).

Definition of possible Environmental aspects.

Definition of audit methods to be used.


Organization of environmental audit1
Organization of Environmental audit

Pre - audit measures:

Elaboration of list of documents, university institutions, university

management, academic and technical staff – to be audited.

Elaboration of list of objects (technical units, classrooms,etc.)

to be audited.

Elaboration of questionnaires.

Coordination with university management about planned audit.


Organization of environmental audit2
Organization of Environmental audit

Audit measures:

Environmental audit was realized as a study visit by students

during 2 days.

Realisation of planned visits

(including University top management).

Use of questionnaires or interviews,

observations, document studies.

Making records.


Organization of environmental audit3
Organization of Environmental audit

After - audit measures:

Summarization of obtained data: questionnaires, interviews,

observations, document studies, records.

Definition of all recognized Environmental aspects.

Assessment of most important Environmental aspects.

Formulation of draft versions of sectorial Environmental policies.

Formulation of final sectorial Environmental policies.

Elaboration of UL Environmental policy.

Formulation of main Environmental objectives.


Organization of environmental audit4
Organization of Environmental audit

After - audit measures:

Elaboration of UL Environmental Action Programme.

Presentation of audit results and their evaluation.

Summarization and preparation of brochure

“Environmental Policy and Action Programme at the main building

of University of Lavia”.

Presentation of brochure to the top management of University.


Assessment of environmental aspects
Assessment of environmental aspects

1.Water management:

  • unsufficient quality of drinking water;

    (in canteen and sanitary rooms)

  • unsufficient water accounting;

    (which leads to uncontrolled water consumption)

  • unsufficient placement of sanitary rooms;

  • unsufficient qualification of technical staff;


Assessment of environmental aspects1
Assessment of environmental aspects

2.Energy management:

  • high energy consumption (unsufficient energy efficiency – construction of windows, roof);

  • high energy consumption (usage of devices with high energy consumption – lighting, ventilation devices);

  • low understanding and awereness about energy consumption;


Assessment of environmental aspects2
Assessment of environmental aspects

3. Indoor environment and waste management

  • unsufficient air quality, high content of dust

    (bad ventilation system);

  • use of unsufficient quality building materials;

  • classrooms are not suitable for qualitative study process;

  • lack of separated waste sorting;


Assessment of environmental aspects3
Assessment of environmental aspects

4. Study and research:

  • environmental science have not plenty integrated into study programmes;

  • unsufficient motivation of academic staff to increase their qualification in the area of environmental science;

  • unsufficient information about current environmental education issues at university;


Assessment of environmental aspects4
Assessment of environmental aspects

5. Environmental awareness and social-economic development:

- unsufficient level of knowledge about Environmental issues;

  • low level of Environmental awareness - academic staff is not considering on Environmental questions (aspects) into their daily actions;

  • unsufficient communication process on Environmental issues at university and country;

    - University Environmental policy is not integrated into University strategic documents;


Criteria for definition of environmental aspects
Criteria for definition of environmental aspects

# Sustainable consumption of natural resources

# Development of indoor environment

# Sustainable study process

# Development of environmental awareness


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Criteria for definition of environmental aspects

The given criteria only partially are connected with

formal environmental legal requirements

The given criteria mainly are with more higher requirements

comparing with existing legal system

The selection of given criteria have been motivated by:

  • pedagogical considerations;

  • future perspectivity – development considerations;

  • good practice in University Environmental management systems;


Environmental policy what does it require
Environmental policy – what does it require

# Environmental policy should be elaborated acording organization’s actions and characteristic impacts to environment, should relate to organization’sproducts and services

# Environmental policy should include the obligations on:

- continuous Environmental management improving;

- pollution prevention measures;

- compliance with Environmental legislation;

# Environmental policy should be available and clearified (communicated);


University of latvia environmental policy water management sector
University of Latvia Environmental policy-Water management sector

University of Latvia is undertaking to supply qualitative drinking water.

University of Latvia is undertaking to provide a rationale consumtion of drinking water.

Water should be used also within visual esthetics context:

for example aquariums, fountains.


University of latvia environmental policy energy management sector
University of Latvia Environmental policy-Energy management sector

University of Latvia is undertaking to follow energoefficiency

principles, to reduce consumption of energy.

University of Latvia is undertaking to use energoefficient heating

devices, as well as improve heating isolation measures.

Audit of energoefficiency, action programme for energoefficiency

measures are principal issues to be introduced.


University of latvia environmental policy indoor environment and waste management sector
University of Latvia Environmental policy- Indoor environment and waste managementsector

University of Latvia is undertaking to improve indoore air quality

(including dust content).

The planning of reconstruction and buiding measures should

follow the environmental requirements.

University of Latvia is undertaking to develop indoor environment

creating psychologically compatible environment.

The measures for office waste reduction and promoting

environmental sound actions with waste should be developed.


University of latvia environmental policy study and research sector
University of Latvia Environmental policy- Study and research sector

The integration of Environmental science into University of Latvia

study programmes should be key action, thus providing the

interdisciplinarity of study process.

The development of pedagogical quality (qualification of academic

staff) and material-technical quality of study and research

process.

The availability to environmental information at university is an

important precondition.


University of latvia environmental policy environmental awareness and social economic development
University of Latvia Environmental policy-Environmental awareness and social-economic development

Increasing of environmental awareness and responsibility, as well

as, active involvement in environmental sound actions, should

create a principal platform for University of Latvia sustainable

development.

The creation and implementation of Environmental Management

system into University of Latvia – to be integrated into University

management


Benefits of environmental audit
Benefits of Environmental audit

For students:

# Understanding of

Environmnetal policy formulation and

development process,

Environmnetal Management systems implementation.

# Managerial skills for environmnetal audit and group work.

# Creative and interdiciplinary approach for investigation of own

university.


Benefits of environmental audit1
Benefits of Environmental audit

For academic staff of

UL Institute for Environmnetal Science and Management:

# Improvement of study course “Environmental policy” realisation.

# Improvement of Environmental audit methodology.

# Improvement of academic experience in Environmnetal Management.

# Preparation step for new project application “EMS at University of Latvia”


Benefits of environmental audit2
Benefits of Environmental audit

For University of Latvia:

# Initial considerations and discussions about need for EMS.

# EMS resource – Environmental survey brochure presented by

Institute for Environmental Science and Management.

# Use of particular proposed measures within reconstruction,

building and planning actions.


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