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					ENVIRONMENTAL ASPECTS AND IMPACTS OF
      KENT UNION’S OPERATIONS
             November 2009
Environmental Aspects and Impacts of Kent Union’s Operations
November 2009


Contents

Chapter                                                                                 Page
Summary                                                                                    1
Aspects and Impacts                                                                        1
Recommendations                                                                            3



1.0     Summary

       1.1     This document outlines Kent Union’s most significant environmental aspects and
               impacts as required by the Environmental Management System Standard ISO 14001.
               The standard requires that organisations identify the aspects associated with
               activities, products and services that they can control or influence and determine
               which of these have a significant impact on the environment.

       1.2     ISO 14001 defines an aspect as “.....an element of an organisation’s activities or
               products and services that can interact with the environment” and an impact as”.......
               any change to the environment, whether adverse of beneficial, wholly or partly
               resulting from an organisation’s environmental aspects”.

       1.3     As stated in our Organisational strategy, Kent Union is committed to reducing our
               impact on the environment and achieving the ISO 14001 standard by 2012. As such
               we have documented out most significant aspects and impacts.

       1.4     These impacts are both direct (e.g. resulting from operations at our premises) and
               indirect (e.g. resulting from operations outside the organisation such as packaging).
               In this document the emphasis is on direct impacts as they are within our capacity to
               control.

2.0     Aspects and Impacts

No. Aspects                             Impacts
1   Energy (Electricity and Gas)        - Fossil fuel depletion
    Usage at UoK campus**               - Contribution to Climate Change
    (366 t CO2 /yr*)
2   Purchase of products for            Energy Usage - during manufacture, delivery and disposal;
    re-sale                             - Fossil fuel depletion
                                        - Contribution to Climate Change
                                        - Air pollution
                                        Packaging
                                        - Resource depletion
                                        - Unsustainable forestry
                                        - Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC’s)
                                        Transportation
                                        - Resource depletion

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November 2009

                                        - Air pollution
                                        - Contribution to Climate Change
                                        Disposal to landfill
                                        - Contribution to Climate Change
                                        - Land degradation
                                        Supply chain issues
                                        - Workforce welfare
                                        - Habitat loss
                                        - Land degradation
                                        - Animal welfare
3     Development     of    new         Raw materials – manufacture, delivery and disposal
      buildings, redevelopment          - Resource depletion
      of existing buildings and         - Land degradation
      refurbishments         for        - Air pollution
      expansion of Kent Union           - Contribution to climate change
      operations                        Construction
                                        - Fossil fuel depletion
                                        - Noise pollution
                                        - Air pollution
4     Travel – employees travel         - Fossil fuel depletion
      to work                           - Contribution to climate change
                                        - Air pollution
5     Travel –         sports     and   - as above
      societies
6     Refuse                            Disposal to landfill
                                        - Contribution to climate change
                                        - Resource depletion
                                        - Air pollution
7     Marketing – Production of         Raw materials (paper)
      promotional items (i.e.           - Unsustainable forestry
      posters, flyers, leaflets)        Manufacture
                                        - Resource depletion
                                        - Contribution to Climate Change
                                        Printing
                                        - Water usage
                                        - Air pollution (VOC’s & Polyvinyl chloride PVC)
                                        Distribution
                                        - Resource depletion
                                        - Air pollution
                                        - Contribution to Climate Change
                                        Disposal
                                        - Land degradation
                                        - Contribution to Climate Change
8     Office     resources     (IT      As above, including;
      equipment,        furniture,      IT
      paper, office consumables)        - Energy use during operation
                                        - Contribution to Climate Change
9     Catering – Food prepared          As no. 2, including

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      for sale in Kent Union Energy use for cooking/refrigeration etc...
      outlets                - Resource depletion
                             - Contribution to Climate Change
                             Disposal of cooking oil
10    Water Usage            - Resource (water) depletion
              3
      (3935 m tap water)     Manufacture – treatment and piping by water company
                             - Resource depletion
                             - Contribution to Climate Change
                             Heating
                             - Resource depletion
                             - Contribution to Climate Change

        * Based on 2008/2009 data
        ** Based on metered properties only


3.0     Recommendations

       3.1     It is recommended that this list is reviewed annually to ensure that these aspects and
               impacts remain up-to-date.

       3.2     Kent Union is commited to reducing its impact on the environment across all of the
               areas detailed in this document. In line with Kent Union’s organisational targets, the
               following areas have been identified as key areas for improvement;

                3.2.1 Energy (Electricity and Gas) use
                3.2.2 Water Use
                3.2.3 Waste to landfill




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