Environmental values

The Institute of Physics recognises its environmental responsibilities and is committed to contributing to the reduction of local, national and global environmental damage.  Having achieved the requirements of BS EN ISO 14001:2004, the IOP will aim to reduce the environmental impact of its activities and promote environmental good practice. The Institute of Physics is committed to:

  • Using its position to communicate and promote the critical role physics has in establishing a sustainable society;
  • Complying with all applicable legislation and relevant codes of practice;
  • Reducing usage of and emissions from utilities and transport associated with its operations;
  • Establishing green procurement practices by assessing and working with IOP suppliers;
  • Implementing procedures to ensure that waste arising from IOP activities are reduced, reused and recycled where feasible to do so;
  • Ensuring that all staff are given the opportunity to take an active role in implementing and developing the environmental policy;
  • Committing the resources required to maintain all environmental policies, procedures and systems to continually improve environmental performance.


  • Utility management to reduce usage consumption by 5%
    • A new incoming mains supply was fitted in December 2011.  A full year’s financial data will be available for 2012 by the end of quarter 1, 2013.
    • Multi function printers have a power save mode when the equipment is not in use.
    • Low energy lighting has been installed in certain areas throughout the building.
    • Sensor lighting has been installed in certain areas throughout the building.
  • Waste management – to reduce, reuse and recycle where possible, ensuring all waste produced and managed on-site is disposed of in compliance with relevant legislation
    • One supplier handles all waste stream collections, including making food waste to compost and oil to biofuel.  Fluorescent tubes are completely stripped and disposed of according to legislation.
  • Procurement
    • Supplier due diligence briefings were held for all staff during 2012.
    • A new Finance Shared Service Centre (FSSC) went live on 2nd January, 2013.
    • Establish a Group purchasing policy to ensure best prices are being sought and suppliers are environmentally aware.
  • Outreach: Physics and Sustainable Development – to promote the critical role physics has to play in developing a sustainable society
    • External
      • Development of the www.iop.org website includes an Environmental section, which includes a copy of our ISO 14001 certificate along with links to IOP news article relating to sustainability.
    • Internal
      • Staff intranet available.  An environmental blog is being instigated at present.
  • Transport management
    • The Institute offers staff the option of taking part in the cycle2work scheme.
    • Encourage the use of video conferencing (where feasible to do so) especially between London and Bristol to reduce the amount of rail miles travelled.
    • Miles travelled and mode of transport is tracked by way of expenses forms.
    • A preferred travel partner to be selected from two shortlisted companies.
    • Green courier cars are used.
  • Staff engagement
    • An annual staff engagement survey is undertaken (the last one being May 2012).  Results are published on the staff intranet highlighting trends and thoughts of staff.

last edited: October 23, 2015

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