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1. P
urpose of the Report

2.
N
eath
P
ort
T
albot
C
ollege


Environmental Review


This report has been completed in order to assess the current level of impact
NPTC’s activities, processes and services has in relation to the environment. This
report will highlight any aspects of NPTC that have a considerable effect on the
environment, i
n addition to areas for improvement and current forms of
environmental management and good environmental practice already taking place.


Currently
,

NPTC provides over 370 part
-
time and full
-
time courses and employs over
8
00

members of staff. NPTC’s premi
ses comprises of
eight

sites which have a gross
total area of 42
.
191m² and are located across
three

counties
:

Neath Port Talbot

County Borough Council
,
the City & County of
Swansea and Bridgend

County
Borough Council
, all of which are included in the scope of the
C
ollege’s
Environmental Management System including the activities, processes and services
of each site.



Neath Campus

REPORT COMPLETED BY:

Hollie
-
Louise Allen

DATE OF REPORT:

February 2012

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The Neath
C
ampus is one of the
C
ollege’s main sites and
is
located within a
relatively
residential area
.

I
t comprises of a variety of structures which date from
1840 to 2007.

The Neath
C
ampus was once a small education establishment which could boast
only
five

teaching rooms and has grown over the past 80 years since it officially
opened as

a college in 1931
; since then

it has grown considerably.

Current facilities
are
now housed in the 59
.
133.27m² site includ
ing
:

modern
,
up
-
to
-
date teaching blocks; a performing arts theat
re
; indoor sporting facilities; childcare
facilities; a training rest
aurant and bakery shop; specialist production kitchens and
bakeries; and construction, painting and plastering workshops. Other onsite facilities
include a cafeteria and changing rooms. The Neath
C
ampus is also on this site
where most of the
C
ollege manag
ement is housed.

Afan Campus

The Afan
C
ampus is located in Margam and is situated behind a residential area and
alongside the M4. This campus again consists of a variety of buildings ranging in age
from 1951 to the present. It is at this campus where haird
ressing and beauty therapy
training take place and is where the science
laboratories

are housed.

Building Craft Training Centre

This campus
,

located within Llansamlet Enterprise Zone
,

was constructed
i
n the
1970s and includes a two
-
stor
e
y office block and

workshops for the School of
Construction. This campus recently underwent extensive refurbishment, both
internally and externally to provide new classroom and
car park facilities.



Coleg Pontardawe


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NPTC relocated to this site in 2006, which was formally a shared site that included
an office block attached to the T
awe

House Industrial Unit. NPTC now use
s

the
office block as teaching facilities and the industrial unit as a motor vehicle training
works
hop. Directly behind this site runs the river Tawe, therefore extra precautions
and measures are taken to ensure
that
any water discharged from this site only
enters the
foul

sewers at the front of the premises and does not run
-
off into the river
course.

T
wyn yr Hydd House

This campus is located within Margam Park and is a
G
rade II Victorian Manor
House, which is used by
t
raining
w
ales, the commercial arm of the
C
ollege. This
location mainly facilitates conferences, management / team
-
building events and its
grounds provide a base for the
C
ollege’s horticultural subjects and house
three

large
greenhouses, a demountable which acts as a classroom for students especially
those with physical disabilities,
four

poly tunnels used to store and grow plants and
a
garde
n centre. The grounds also allow for display gardens.

Queen Street Centre

The Queen Street Centre
C
ampus is a commercial building located in Neath’s town
centre and is mainly used for the delivery of adult provision, business, management
and finance
courses
,

and IT courses.

Llandarcy Park Academy of Sport and Learning

The Llandarcy
C
ampus is part of a private / public partnership that provides sports
training and teaching facilities, and is run profitably in co
-
operation with the
C
ollege.
This campus
houses NPTC’s School of Sport.


Construction Training Centre

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4.
Neath Port Talbot College
Site
Review

3. Site Review Summary

This Maesteg
C
ampus is an industrial unit located within Spelter Industrial Centre,
and has been refurbished in recent years to provide training facilities for building
crafts and trades for hous
e maintenance.

NPTC also own a site in Plymouth but at present it is not included in the scope of the
C
ollege’s Environmental Management System.



NPTC has a medium impact on the environment with energy consumption, transport
and resource use identified as the
C
ollege’s key environmental indicators. Though
NPTC ha
s

various forms of environmental management already in place, there are
some fundamenta
l improvements that can be made to further reduce the
C
ollege’s
impact on the environment. The
C
ollege is encouraged to consider the
recommendations for improvement detailed within this report and where appropriate,
incorporate them into its Improvement Pl
an, which is a basic requirement of Green
Dragon Level 2.


1

Environmental Awareness

Since 2007
,

NPTC ha
s

developed annual sustainability reports in order
to assess the
C
ol l ege’ s envi ronmental performance i n rel ati on to
energyI waterI transport and wasteI to promote sustai nabl e /
envi ronmental devel opment of the
C
ol l ege and to provi de cl earer
gui del i nes

to both l earners and staff

on how to compl y wi th good
envi ronmental pr
acti ce and how to i mprove envi ronmental performance.
Al ong wi th the report
I

kmTC has a pustai nabl e mol i cy EbksM2F whi ch i s
communi cated to staffI l earners and vi si tors and i s revi ewed annual l y.


kmTC ha
s

a ptrategi c pustai nabl e j anagement Task droup whi c

meet s t wi ce a t er m
t o
di scuss envi r onment al aspect s and per f or mance
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of the
C
ol l ege and to i nvesti gate methods and measures for
i mprovement. The group consi sts of seni or members of staff from
vari ous management posi ti ons i n the
C
ol l ege and regul arl y l i ai s
e
s

cl osel y wi th the Carbon Trust and other envi ronmental bodi es to ensure
that maxi mum use i s made of al l experti se avai l abl e.


Envi ronmental i ssues are regul arl y communi cated to members of staff
through e
-
mai l and posted prompts are used around the
C
ol l ege i n
order to boost the l earners’ envi ronmental awareness and to promote
good envi ronmental practi ce throughout al l faci l i ti es and departments.


Recommendations



Provide environmental awareness and competence training to all
members of staff



Provide

environmental awareness training to all learners on
induction. Possibly through a half hour / hour presentation
session



Display Environmental Policy throughout
the C
ollege and ensure
staff and learners are aware of the policy, in addition to
environmental

practices



Put EMS on staff
I
nternet for all to access



Consider creating an Environmental Champion for each
department who is responsible for day to day environmental
management in allocated areas



Communicate all environmental issues discussed in Strategic

Sustainable Management Group meetings to staff through e
-
mails



Consider developing environmental display boards or a quarterly
newsletter to communicate the
C
ol l ege’ s envi ronmental stance,
practi ces and performance to l earners



Consider implementing an env
ironmental group for learners to
enhance l earners’ engagement i n good envi ronmental practi ces



Make use of posted prompts at water facilities, recycling areas,
light switches, electrical equipment
,

etc. to remind staff and
learners of their environmental
responsibilities and to encourage
good practice.

2

Environmental Management and Other Management Systems

NPTC
is

act i vel y par t i ci pat i ng i n envi r onment al management i n or der t o
cont r ol ener gy, wast e, wat er, car bon f oot pr i nt and wat er *; however
,

t hi s
i s cur r ent l y not document ed wi t hi n an Envi r onment al Management
Syst em.


Si nce 2008
,

NPTC has had a Sust ai nabl e Tr avel Pl an i n si t u whi ch
ai ms t o pr omot e and suppor t bot h st af f and l ear ner s i n a shi f t t o mor e
sust ai nabl e modes of t r anspor t, whi ch have

been i dent i f i ed as
:

-

Car shar i ng
-

Publ i c t r anspor t

-

Wal ki ng
-

Cycl i ng


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3

Environmental Legislation and other Requirements

NPTC
is

cur r ent l y devel opi ng a Regi st er of Envi r onment al Legi sl at i on
whi ch wi l l l i st al l l egi sl at i on t hat i s r el evant t o t he act i vi t i es, pr ocesses
and ser vi ces of NPTC, det ai l i ng t he r equi r ement s of each pi ece of
l egi sl at i on and t he r el evance of t he l egi sl at i on t
o t he or gani sat i on.
Once compl et e
,

t he Regi st er of Envi r onment al Legi sl at i on wi l l be
communi cat ed t o al l member s of st af f.


NPTC
is

al so pl anni ng t o i mpl ement an Envi r onment al Legi sl at i on and
Good Pr act i ce Compl acence Checkl i st. Thi s wi l l be under t aken by

a
member of each depar t ment on a quar t er l y basi s.


Fr om t he wal k ar ound t our of t he NPTC f aci l i t i es and campus
,

t her e
wer e a number of mi nor non
-
conf or mances. These i ncl uded mat er i al s
used t o cl ean up oi l spi l l s i n t he mot or i ng depar t ment bei ng di sposed
of
i n gener al wast e. As t he mat er i al s ar e cont ami nat ed wi t h oi l
,

t hey must
be di sposed of i n a hazar dous wast e cont ai ner and deal t wi t h
appr opr i at el y. I n addi t i on
,

t he spi l l s wer e bei ng cl eaned up wi t h gr avel /
sand. I deal l y
,

a speci f i c oi l spi l l ki t shoul
d be bei ng used and kept on
si t e.

Anot her mi nor non
-
conf or mance i dent i f i ed was Par t E of Wast e
Consi gnment Not es wer e not bei ng compl et ed f or al l hazar dous wast e
st r eams. NPTC wer e made awar e of t hi s and ar e i nvest i gat i ng t hi s
i ssue.



Apar t f r om t he abov
e i ssues
,

al l ot her envi r onment al l egi sl at i on i s
bei ng adher ed t o i ncl udi ng Dut y of Car e as
al l l egal l y
r equi r ed
document s, i ncl udi ng Wast e Tr ansf er and Consi gnment Not es and t he
l i censes of Wast e Car r i er s
,

ar e bei ng obt ai ned and r et ai ned f or t he
desi gnat e
d t i me per i od.

The pl an al so ai ms t o manage l ogi st i cs and commer ci al vehi cl e
movement s, i n addi t i on t o t he
C
ol l ege’ s f l eet of vehi cl es.


kmTC ha
s

a number of var i ous management syst ems / pl ans i n pl ace i n
or der t o compl y wi t h ot her acc r edi t at i on schemes
.

T
hese i ncl udeW
f nvest or s i n meopl eI eeal t hy Col l ege and eeal t h C paf et y j anagement I
amon
g

many ot her s
.

*j anagement of aspect s f ur t her di scussed un
der subsequent headi ngs.


Recommendat i ons



Develop an Environmental Management System that documents
current environmental management practices which is
electronically stored for all staff to access



Develop document controls so all documents related or
linked to
the EMS can be accessed with ease



Once Green Dragon Environmental Standard Level 2 for
environmental management is achieved
,

investigate obtaining
Level 3 or higher.

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As asbestos has been i denti fi ed on si te
,

an Asbestos Regi ster i s i n
pl ace
.

I
n addi ti on
,

pl ans detai l i ng the speci fi c l ocati on of the asbestos
and i ts type

are bei ng kept
.


Al l rel evant COSSH Data and Safety Sheets have been acqui red and
ar
e accessi bl e i n t hei r r el evant depar t ment s, t hus compl i ance wi t h
COSSH Regul at i ons i s met.


Recommendat i ons



Recommendat i ons



Once i mpl ement ed
,

NPTC need
s

t o ensur e t hat t he Regi s t er of
Envi r onment al Legi sl at i on i s r evi ewed and updat ed accor di ngl y at
l east annual l y, and devel op a pr ocedur e f or t hi s



The Envi r onment al Legi sl at i ve and Good Pr act i ce Check l i st
shoul d be compl et ed by al l depar t ment s at l eas t bi
-
a
nnual l y



NPTC i mmedi at el y need
s

t o addr es s t he i ssues hi ghl i ght ed above
i n r egar ds t o t he cl ean
-
up of oi l spi l l s and t he Par t E
S
ec t i on of
Wast e Consi gnment Not es.



5

Bui l di ngs,
I
nf r ast r uct ur e and Sur r oundi ng Physi cal
Envi r onment

Most of NPTC’ s s i t es ar e l ocat ed ei t her i n bui l t
-
up r es i dent i al ar eas or
ar e l ocat ed wi t hi n i ndust r i al / busi nes s par kI wi t h t he exc ept i on of
Twyn
yr eydd eouseI whi ch i s l ocat ed wi t hi n j ar gam mar k. j ar gam mar k i s a
count r ysi de par k wi t h a di ver se r ange of habi t at s i nc l udi ng
br oadl eavedI coni f er ous and mi xed woodl andsI s cr ubI gr assl andI bogI
l akes and st r eams.


Fur t her det ai l s on NPTC’ s bui l di ng
s and t he encompassi ng
i nf r ast r uct ur e and physi cal envi r onment ar e desc r i bed wi t hi n t he s cope
of t he r epor t I wi t h t he hi st or i c and cur r ent si t e act i vi t i esI pr oces ses and
4

Hi st or i c, Cur r ent and Pr oposed Si t e Act i vi t i es, Pr ocesses and
Ser vi ces

Al l hi st or i c and
cur r ent si t e act i vi t i es, pr ocesses and ser vi ces of NP
T
C
ar e det ai l ed i n t he scope of t he r epor t.


As f or pr oposed si t e act i vi t i es, pr ocesses and ser vi ces, t her e ar e
cur r ent l y no si gni f i cant changes expect ed i n t he near f ut ur e; however
,

as NPTC expands
,

al t
er at i ons t o NPTC’ s act i vi t i es, pr oc esses and
ser vi ces wi l l be i mmi nent.

Recommendat i ons




When any al t er at i ons or changes t o NPTC’ s act i vi t i es, pr ocesses
and ser vi ces occur I t hi s r evi ew shoul d be updat ed and amended
accor di ngl y t o r ecogni se any new envi r o
nment al aspect s and
i mpact s of t he
C
ol l ege.

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servi ces of the
C
ol l ege.


Recommendations




For the si tes l ocated i n resi denti al areas
,

the
C
ol l ege shoul d put
i n pl ace measures to ensure a mi ni mum amount of nui sance i s
created from students and staff enteri ng and l eavi ng the si tes and
from any acti vi ti es or processes that may have an effect on
nei ghbouri ng communi ti es.



For the Twyn yr Hy
dd House
,

campus procedures coul d be
devel oped to ensure that staff and students do not cause any
form of degradati on to the surroundi ng physi cal envi ronment.


6

Land Contamination

NPTC ha
s

not dealt directly with land contamination and due to the
previous usages of some campuses and the nature of NPTC
,

all
previous contamination issues / queries were addressed at the time of
purchasing each site. No major issues relating to land contaminati
on
wer e f ound.


I f t her e i s any suspect ed l and cont ami nat i on, NPTC wi l l ensur e t hat i t i s
assessed as soon as possi bl e by an or gani sat i on or an i ndi vi dual who
is

compet ent, exper i enced and i nsur ed t o do so.

Recommendat i ons




Ensure if land does become cont
aminated that environmental
protection is included in all methods based upon full occupational
health, safety and environmental COSHH assessments.


7

Pol l ut i on Ri sk Assessment

At al l NPTC campuses
,

pot ent i al l y pol l ut i ng subst ances ar e st or ed i n
accor dance
wi t h

t hei r r espect i ve COSHH Dat a Sheet s, whi ch ar e
avai l abl e and accessi bl e wi t hi n each depar t ment of t he
C
ol l ege. I n
addi t i on
,

f aci l i t i es management at
C
ol l ege has devel oped a COSHH f i l e
whi ch i de
nt i f i es ever y subst ance st or ed and used and st at es t he
subst ances use and l ocat i on.


Thr oughout t he ent i r e NPTC campus
,

spi l l ki t s ar e avai l abl e i n most
ar eas wher e t hey woul d be r equi r ed, whi ch i ncl ude sci ence
l abor at or i es, wor kshops and var i ous chemi ca
l st or es; however
,

f aci l i t i es management has i dent i f i ed a need f or a gr eat er number of
spi l l ki t s t o be l ocat ed acr oss t he
ei ght

campuses and t hus ar e
cur r ent l y i nvest i gat i ng t he pr ocur ement of new spi l l ki t s.


At t he mot or vehi cl e wor kshop wi t hi n t he Pon
t ar dawe
C
ampus
,

oi l spi l l s
ar e cur r ent l y cl ear ed usi ng sand, gr avel and cl ot hs, whi ch
ar e

t hen
di sposed of i n a gener al ski p or ho
o
ver ed up by
t he
cl eaner s.

As t he sand
,

gr avel and cl ot hs have been cont ami nat ed by oi l, whi ch i s
cl assi f i ed as hazar dous, t he subst ances used t o cl ear t he spi l l s need t o
be di sposed of separ at el y.

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NPTC were made aware of thi s i ssue and i mpl emented a contai ner for
the separate di sposal of sub
stances and materi al s to cl ear up oi l spi l l s
wi thi n the workshop.


At Col eg Pontardawe
,

vehi cl e washi ng takes pl ace
.

T
hi s i s seen to
have a rel ati vel y hi gh pol l uti on ri sk as the
ri ver
Tawe runs di rectl y
behi nd the si te.



In order to ensure none of the
vehi cl e wash effl uent i s di scharged to
the ri ver, the vehi cl es are washed wi thi n a wash bay, where al l effl uent
i s drai ned to a pi pe whi ch pumps the water to the front of the si te to
enter the fo
u
l sewer system.


Withi n i n the Neath
C
ampus
,

pai nti ng and de
corati ng trai ni ng i s
undertaken. Al l brushes and contai ners are washed i n si nks that enter
fo
u
l s ewer s as t he onl y pai nt s and var ni s hes us ed ar e wat er
-
bas ed.


Though mos t of t he
C
ol l ege’ s c ar par k s ar e l oc at ed on t ar mac or
c onc r et e
,

s ur f ac e
wat er

dr ai ns
i n
t o
t he
fo
u
l s ewer s, Twyn y r Hydd
Hous e’ s c ar par k r uns of f i nt o t he s ur r oundi ng env i r onment. At Twyn y r
Hydd Hous e
,

t her e ar e c ur r ent l y no pr oc edur es or s pi l l k i t s t o mi t i gat e
or mi ni mi s e a s pi l l i f an oi l l eak f r om a c ar was t o oc c ur.

Recommendat i ons




Devel op a pr oc edur e f or c ar par k s pi l l s and mak e s pi l l k i t s
avai l abl e at eac h s i t e t o deal wi t h s uc h an event



I mpl ement an Emer genc y Pr epar ednes s Pl an and
P
r oc edur es
whi c h c an hel p pr event pol l ut i on at t he
C
ol l ege and mi ni mi s e t he
i mpac t s i f a s pi l l was t o

oc c ur



Ens ur e s pi l l k i t s of t he r i ght s i z e and ef f i c i enc y ar e eas i l y
ac c es s i bl e wher e nec es s ar y and ens ur e bot h c onc er ned s t af f and
s t udent s k now wher e t hey ar e l oc at ed and how t o us e t hem



Pr ov i de s pi l l r es pons e t r ai ni ng t o al l r el evant member s of s t af f
a
nd s t udent s



Ens ur e al l mat er i al s / s ubs t anc es us ed t o c l ean up s pi l l s ar e
di s pos ed of s epar at el y
i n
t o ot her wast e and ensur e t her e ar e
desi gnat ed cont ai ner s f or t hei r di spos al wher e i t i s seen
necessar y



Pur chase spi l l ki t f or Col eg Pont ar dawe f or oi l spi l
l s



Cl ear l y l abel al l t anks and cont ai ner s t hat cont ai n chemi c al s or
hazar dous subst ances



NPTC shoul d r ef er t o COSHH dat a sheet s t o ensur e pai nt s and
var ni shes can ent er f o
u
l sewer s at t hei r cur r ent quant i t y.


8

Use of Nat ur al Resour ces and Raw Mat er i al s

Due t o t he nat ur e of t he act i vi t i es, pr ocesses and ser vi ces under t aken
by NPTC
,

t her e
i s a
gr eat r ange of r esour ces and mat er i al s consumed
i n vast amount s.

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A si gni fi cant amount of paper i s consumed throughout the
C
ol l ege,
whi ch at present i s not al l
sourced from recycl ed sources.

Paper use i s currentl y not moni tored.


Al l bri cks used i n
the
trai ni ng workshops at NPTC are used at l east
several ti mes and are kept i n ci rcul ati on unti l bri cks ei ther become to
o

rounded or fragi l e.


Cement i s l i me
-
based so

i t can be conti nual l y reused.


A hi gh quanti ty of wood i s consumed i n the
C
ol l ege’ s workshops and
trai ni ng rooms. At present
,

the consumpti on of wood at the
C
ol l ege i s
not moni tored.


Al l vehi cl es used i n the motor vehi cl e workshops are acqui red from
scrap yards or are vehi cl es i nvol ved i n acci dents and are gi ven to the
C
ol l ege fr
o
m the l ocal fi re departments / servi ces.


Al l cl eani ng chemi cal s and pai nts / varni shes purchased are ei the
r
wat er
-
based or ar e envi r onment al l y f r i endl y.

Recommendat i ons



I t i s r ecommended t hat cur r ent r aw mat er i al consumpt i on i s
r ecor ded and t ar get s set i n or der t o at t empt t o r educe cur r ent
consumpt i on r at es



Moni t or paper consumpt i on t hr ough r ecor di ng t he numb
er of
r eams pur chased by t he
C
ol l ege each mont h or t er m



I mpr ove t he sust ai nabi l i t y of t he
C
ol l ege t hr ough pur chasi ng onl y
r ecycl ed paper; however
,

i f st i l l adamant t o pur chase non
-
r ecycl ed paper ensur e pr oduct s ar e FSC accr edi t ed



Recycl e and r euse paper

wher ever possi bl e ( consi der scr ap
paper boxes next t o pr i nt er s and copi er s)



Pr omot e pr act i ces and i mpl ement pr ocedur es whi ch can assi st i n
t he r educt i on of consumpt i on of r aw mat er i al s



I mpl ement a Pur chasi ng Pol i cy



Ensur e al l wood used by t he
C
ol l ege i s

ut i l i sed as much as
possi bl e bef or e di sposal and ensur e al l wood pur chased i s FSC
accr edi t ed.



Set doubl e
-
si ded pr i nt i ng on al l comput er s as def aul t ( i nvol vi ng I T
depar t ment, al so set t i ng f or power down)
.




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Ener gy Consumpt i on and Ef f i ci ency

NPTC
campuses r ecei ve mai ns el ect r i ci t y and gas suppl y. At pr esent
,

al l si t es ar e bei ng moni t or ed i n r egar ds t o ener gy consumpt i on;
however
,

some ar e bei ng mor e cl osel y moni t or ed t han ot her s.

For t he
C
ol l ege’ s t wo mai n si t es, Neat h and Af an, bot h el ect r i ci t y an

gas i s moni t or ed ever y hal f hour us i ng an bni ca i ba and pul se met er
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l oggers.

For the
C
ol l ege’ s
si x

other campuses
,

the
C
ol l ege’ s caretakers and
securi ty fi l l out monthl y forms detai l i ng mete
r

readi ngs for both
el ectri ci ty and gas, they al so conti nue to
d
o
t hi s f or t he Neat h and Af an
C
ampuses.

I n NPTC’ s l at est Sust ai nabi l i t y
R
epor t
,

onl y t he Neat h and Af an
r ecor di ngs wer e us ed i n or der t o anal yse per f or mance.


Recent l y
,

t o i mpr ove t he ener gy ef f i ci enc y of t he
C
ol l ege
,

a number of
measur es wer e t ak en. Thi s

i nc l uded r epl aci ng
t wo

ol d gas boi l er s wi t h
new condens i ng hi gh ef f i ci enc y boi l er s, r econf i gur at i on of exi s t i ng
heat i ng suppl y and a hot wat er suppl y r at i onal i sat i on wi t hi n a set of
t oi l et bl oc ks at t he Neat h Campus.


Al l r adi at or s have t hei r own t her mos t
at i c val ves. Th
i
s can
b
e adj ust ed
manual l y and ar e not j ust const ant l y on f ul l t hr oughout t he col der
per i ods of t he year.


Thr oughout t he
C
ol l ege

s campuses
,

t her e ar e a number of post ed
pr ompt s t o encour age st af f and st udent s t o s wi t ch l i ght s and equi pmen
t
of f when not i n use. St af f al so r egul ar l y r ecei ve e
-
mai l s r emi ndi ng t hem
of t hei r r esponsi bi l i t i es t o s wi t ch of f t hei r equi pment and l i ght i ng af t er
use.


The
C
ol l ege has a Sust ai nabi l i t y Pol i c y whi ch ai ms t o ener gy ef f i ci enc y
of t he
C
ol l ege and r educe co
nsumpt i on and wor k wi t h t he Ener gy
Savi ng Tr ust, who have pr oduced a number of r epor t s f or t he
C
ol l ege,
and BME Consul t ant s, who pr oduce Di spl ay Ener gy Cer t i f i cat es and
Ener gy Per f or mance Oper at i onal Rat i ng f or t he
C
ol l ege. The DECs ar e
due

f or r enewal bet
ween
s
pr i ng and
a
ut umn 2012.


Recommendat i ons



Consi der i nst al l i ng pul se met er l ogger s on al l campuses f or bot h
gas and el ect r i ci t y



Col l at e al l el ect r i c i t y and gas dat a f or al l campuses i n or der t o
gi ve a t r ue i dea of NPTC’ s ener gy per f or mance



Consi der
compar i ng ener gy r eadi ngs t o weat her or oc cupanc y
number s i n or der f or dat a t o be expl ai ned and anal ysed. I f
unexpec t ed r esul t s cannot be expl ai ned usi ng t he above
,

an
i nvest i gat i on shoul d be i nst i gat ed i n or der t o cl ar i f y t he r easoni ng
behi nd t he abnor mal

r eadi ng



Swi t ch of f l i ght i ng when not r equi r ed



Consi der t he i nst al l at i on of sensor s wi t ches i n t oi l et s, s t or e
r ooms hal l ways and cor r i dor s



Make as much use as poss i bl e of nat ur al l i ght i ng



Set al l comput er s t o power down when not i n use



Encour age st af f and
st udent s t o hel p r educe ener gy cons umpt i on
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and costs by maki ng them thi nk about the energy they use
throughout a typi cal day



Improve effi ci ency of heati ng and cool i ng systems by keepi ng
radi ators and other heati ng surfaces unobstructed and encourage
staff
and students to make use of energy
-
free methods to reduce
or i ncrease temperatures (openi ng and cl osi ng of wi ndows and
doors, draught control )



Make use of posted prompts at l i ght swi tches, radi ators and
el ectri cal equi pment to encourage staff and students
to turn them
off when not needed.


10


Wat er Consumpt i on and Di schar ge

Wat er i s consumed t hr oughout t he
C
ol l ege f or a numer ous and di ver se
r ange
of
act i vi t i es and pr ocesses.


Cur r ent l y
,

al l s i t es ar e bei ng moni t or ed i n r egar ds t o wat er
consumpt i on; however
,

some ar e bei ng mor e cl osel y moni t or ed t han
ot her s.

For t he
C
ol l ege’ s t wo mai n s i t es, Neat h and Af an, wat er i s moni t or ed
ever y hal f hour usi ng an Eni ca LED and pul se met er l ogger s.


Fo
r t he
C
ol l ege’ s
s i x

ot her campuses
,

t he
C
ol l ege’ s car et aker s and
secur i t y f i l l out mont hl y f or ms det ai l i ng met e
r

r eadi ngs f or wat er, t hey
al so cont i nue t o
do
t hi s f or t he Neat h and Af an
C
ampuses.

I n NPTC’ s l at est Sust ai nabi l i t y
R
epor t
,

onl y t he Neat h and
Af an
r ecor di ngs wer e us ed i n or der t o anal yse over al l consumpt i on.


At pr esent
,

NPTC ha
s

a number of wat er management pr act i ces i n
pl ace whi ch i nc l ude a r ai nwat er har vest i ng s yst em at t he Ll andar c y
Campus and wi t hi n t he
D
epar t ment of Const r uct i on and t he B
ui l t
Envi r onment
;

r edundant cont ai ner s ar e used t o capt ur e r ai nwat er t o
use wi t h cement.


NPTC
i s

s uppl i ed wi t h wat er f r om Wel s h Wat er and i s di s c har ged i nt o
mai ns s ewer s. The l oc at i on and t ype of t he s ewer s ar e det ai l ed on
NPTC’ s s i t e dr ai nage pl ans.


Ot her env i r onment al as pec t s and i mpac t s of t he
C
ol l ege’ s wat er
di s c har ge i s c over ed under
S
ec t i on 3.7 ( Pol l ut i on Ri s k As s es s ment ) of
t hi s r epor t.

Recommendat i ons




Ens ur e dr ai nage pl an i s ac c ur at e and up
-
to
-
dat e



Encour age bot h st af f and st udent s t o
c onsi der how much wat er
t hey ar e consumi ng each day and t o r educe wher e poss i bl e



Use post ed pr ompt s t o r emi nd st af f and st udent s t o t ur n t aps,
shower s
,

et c. of f af t er use



Chemi cal s shoul d be st or ed i n an ar ea wher e spi l l s can be
cont ai ned, pr event i ng t hem

ent er i ng wat er s yst ems

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Consi der the i nstal l ati on of l ow
-
vol ume faucet aerators, fl ow
restri ctors, spray taps or percussi on taps



Check al l water sources for l eaks and requi red repai rs on a
regul ar basi s



Assess i f di scharge consents are requi red and i f nece
ssary
contact the rel evant authori ti es



Consi der i nstal l i ng pul se meter l oggers to moni tor water
consumpti on on al l campuses



Consi der i nstal l i ng a rai nwater harvesti ng system at the
Pontardawe Campus for the washi ng of cars.


11

Emi ssi ons t o At mospher e and Nui sance

Har mf ul ai r emi ssi ons i ncl ude dust, odour s, f umes
,

et c. and can occur
f r om a number of pr ocesses such as i nci ner at or s, pai nt spr ayi ng
,

et c.
These pr ocesses ar e r egul at ed by t he
L
ocal Aut hor i t y. The r egul at i ons
r equi r e

an appl i cat i on f or a per mi t f r om t he Local Aut hor i t y t o oper at e
t he pr ocess i f t he emi ssi ons f r om t he pr ocess ar e above a cer t ai n
t hr eshol d. I f t he emi ssi on t hr eshol d i s exceeded
,

a company i s r equi r ed
t o use t he Best Avai l abl e Techni que (BAT) t o cont r ol
t he emi ssi ons of
har mf ul mat er i al s such as sol vent s t o t he envi r onment.


NPTC
is

not above any emi ssi ons t hr eshol d.


Emi ssi ons of ai r t hat NPTC make t o t he at mospher e mai nl y consi st s of
f umes f r om t he use of var i ous chemi cal s and subst ance
s

t hr oughout
t he

C
ol l ege wor kshops and l abs, const r uct i on pr act i ces, wel di ng,
t r anspor t and onsi t e boi l er s.


Bur ni ng of wast e i s not per mi t t ed on si t e and does not t ake pl ace.


Nui sances caused by t he
C
ol l ege i n t he f or m of noi se consi st s of t he
t r af f i c ent er i ng and l eavi
ng
C
ol l ege pr emi ses, event s hel d by t he
C
ol l ege and const r uct i on act i vi t i es whi ch al so can cause dust. Li t t er i s
al so a nui sance caused by t he
C
ol l ege.

Recommendat i ons




NPTC should try to minimise as far as possible their emissions

to
the
atmosphere and

ensure no waste is ever burnt on site



The
C
ollege should ensure that every department and site is
aware that the Local Authority may impose restrictions or stop
activities and processes if the

activities or processes create,

or
has the potential to create
,


nuisance



NPCT should implement good practice measures to ensure the
above does not occur, which could include:

-

Establishing whether the
C
ollege causes any form of noise
nuisance by monitoring levels of noise at the site boundaries
during different ti
mes of day

-

Turn off machinery when not in use

-

Provide a substantial amount of litter bins at
C
ollege boundaries
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and wi thi n
C
ol l ege premi ses to di scourage l i tteri ng.



12

Wast e Management

Cur r ent l y at NPTC
,

t he l ocal counci l s and aut hor i t i es ar e r esponsi bl e
f or t he col l ect i on of t he major i t y of non
-
hazar dous muni ci pal wast e,
whi ch i ncl udes gener al
,p
l ast i c

/

cans and paper wast e st r eams. Al l
ot her wast e i s col l ect ed by var i ous car r i er s wi t h val i d wast e car r i e
r ’ s
l i cen
c
esI whi ch ar e kept on f i l e wi t h t ast e Tr ansf er kot es and
Consi gnment kot es.


As par t of t he Col l ege’ s Dut y of Car e, NPTC shoul d be ensur i ng t hat
t hei r wast e ends up at t he appr opr i at e dest i nat i onI such as a l andf i l l
si t e wi t h a wast e management l
i cenceI or a sui t abl e r ec yc l er. At
pr esent
I

kmTC do not have any pr act i ces or pr ocedur es i n pl ace f or
cer t i f yi ng t hei r was t e i s bei ng deal t wi t h appr opr i at el y.


j ost of t he t ast e Tr ansf er kot es and Consi gnment kot es f or t he
C
ol l ege ar e r et ur ned t o cac i l i t i
es j anagement I l ocat ed on t he keat h
CampusI f or ar chi vi ng f or t he des i gnat ed t i me per i ods; however
I

some
campuses chose t o ar chi ve t hei r t ast e Tr ansf er and Consi gnment
kot es t hemsel ves.


kmTC i s r egi st er ed as a mr oducer of eazar dous t ast e as t he
C
ol l ege
p
r oduces over 5MMkg of hazar dous wast e per annum. j ost hazar dous
wast e i s bei ng di sposed of separ at el y t o ot her wast e st r eams and
Cl pee aat a pheet s ar e bei ng r ef er r ed t oI t o ensur e saf e st or age and
di sposal of t he was t e;
h
owever
I

as ment i oned above at t he m
ot or
vehi c l e wor k shop wi t hi n t he mont ar dawe
C
ampus
I

oi l spi l l s ar e cur r ent l y
cl ear ed usi ng sandI gr avel and c l ot hsI whi ch i s t hen di sposed of i n a
gener al s ki p or ho
o
ver ed up by

t he

cl eaner s.


pl i mgi ms ar e l ocat ed t hr oughout t he ent i r e
C
ol l egeI i ncl udi ng
al l
ei ght

campuses and ar e used f or t he di spos al of paper and mi xed r ec ycl i ng
Epl as t i c and cans F. The bi ns ar e empt i ed when hal f f ul l t o ensur e t hey
do not over f l ow.


eal f a bag has been wei ghed and c l eaner s r ecor d how many hal f bags
ar e di sposed of each week. The wei ght of hal f a bag and t he amount of
bags ar e mul t i pl i ed t o gi ve an appr oxi mat e number f or t he wei ght of
muni ci pal was t e mat er i al s r ec ycl ed per week t hr ough
out t he
C
ol l ege.


Al l wast e t hat i s not col l ect ed by t he l ocal counc i l or aut hor i t i es i s
di sposed of i n s ki ps or i n hazar dous wast e cont ai ner s. Thi s wast e
i ncl udesW

­

Fluorescent Lights

­

WEEE

­

F r i dges/Coolers

­

C u t t i n g F l u i d

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­

Cooki ng Oi l

­

Lab Waste

­

Pl asterboard

­

S
crap Metal

­

Wood

­

Inert

­

General Ski p

­

Waste Pai nt and Varni sh Removal

­

Engi ne Oi l


Recommendations



Devel op a Waste Management Tabl e to moni tor and ensure
waste i s bei ng carri ed and i s endi ng wi th an appropri ate
company or person(s) and to ensure NPTC are
compl yi ng
wi th thei r Duty of Care



Impl ement a moni tori ng scheme for waste that l eaves the
si te i n ski ps i n order to work out wei ghts and percentages of
materi al s bei ng recycl ed and reused at NPTC



Get cl eaners to start recordi ng the amount of general waste
bags col l ected each week as wel l as recycl abl es i n order to
get a percentage for the amount of muni ci pal waste NPTC
are recycl i ng throughout the
C
ol l ege



Consi der setti ng up a student waste mi ni mi sati on /
moni tori ng team at the si te, to hel p promote recycl i
ng and
moni tor performance



Ensure that there i s good communi cati on on waste across
the si te. Thi s shoul d i ncl ude costs of waste di sposal and the
true cost of waste to the
C
ol l ege. Successes of waste
mi ni mi sati on proj ects and mi nutes of meeti ngs etc.



Invol
ve staff and students i n waste mi ni mi sati on proj ects
and encourage thei r suggesti ons



Focus your acti vi ti es on waste mi ni mi sati on (avoi di ng
produci ng waste) rather than recycl i ng. Thi s wi l l hel p save
the
C
ol l ege far more money i n the l ong term



Set e
-
mai l si
gnatures
:

'Thi nk before you pri nt'



Ensure that bi ns for recycl i ng are made easi l y avai l abl e
over the bi ns for l andfi l l waste.


13

Packagi ng

NPTC r ecei ve
s

packagi ng f r om suppl i er s i n t he f or m of paper,
car dboar d and pl ast i cs.


The onl y f or m of packagi ng whi ch NPTC sends out i s t o cust omer s i n
t he f or m of envel opes, t hus pur chased quant i t i es of packagi ng ar e
bel ow t he 50 t onne t hr eshol d.

Recommendat i ons




Continue to return packaging to suppliers where practicable and
integrate p
ackagi ng consi der at i ons i nt o suppl i er ’ s cont r act

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Work wi th the purchasi ng consorti um to i ntegrate sustai nabl e
purchasi ng i ssues such as packagi ng.



14

Tr anspor t and Logi st i cs

NPTC has

devel oped a Tr avel Pl an i n col l abor at i on wi t h SWWI TCH, i n
or der t o move t owar ds mor e sust ai nabl e modes of t r anspor t and t o
r educe t he t r af f i c and congest i on caused by st af f and st udent s at t he
C
ol l ege.


Ther e ar e a number of bi ke shel t er s acr oss t he NPTC
campuses and
shower s / changi ng r ooms avai l abl e f or t hose who cho
o
se t o cycl e t o
t he
C
ol l ege. At pr esent
,

NPTC ar e l ooki ng t o i ncr ease t he number of
bi ke shel t er s / st ands t hey have on t hei r pr emi ses.


Busi ness t r avel by empl oyees i s r ecor ded by t he use of

mi l eage on
i nvoi ces. Cur r ent l y
,

t he mi l eage of
C
ol l ege buses and depar t ment
-
l i nked t r avel i s not moni t or ed
,

i.e. Col l ege t r i ps. Fr om June 2010 t o
June 2011
,

mi l eage cl ai med by NPTC was 251,269.66 mi l es.


Some st af f and st udent s make use of publ i c t r ansp
or t and car shar i ng;
however
,

i t i s somet i mes necessar y f or bot h st af f and st udent s t o use
pr i vat e modes of t r anspor t t o get t o var i ous campuses and meet i ngs.


Recommendat i ons



Develop a procedure for the further implementation and
pr omot i on of NPTC’ s Tr av
el ml an



Monitor all of NPTC direct transport forms (
e
mployee
s’

mi l eageI
NPTC’ s vehi c l es, t r ans por t us ed f or c onvey i ng s t udent s bet ween
c ampus es and f or
C
ol l ege t r i ps F




I nves t i gat e t he i ns t al l at i on of t r ac k er s f or NPTC’ s vehi c l es.



15

Unusual and
Emer gency Si t uat i ons

NPTC have i dent i f i ed emer gency si t uat i ons and t hei r pot ent i al
envi r onment al i mpact, al ong wi t h pr ocedur es t o evade and cont r ol t he
si t uat i ons and t hei r envi r onment al consequences. Al l r el evant
i nf or mat i on i s det ai l ed wi t hi n
t he
Emer gency Pr epar edness


mol l ut i on
Cont r ol ml anI i nc l udi ng r el at ed document s hel d by t he
C
ol l ege
I

i.e. c i r e
oi s k As sessment I Asbest os oegi st er.


r nusual and emer genc y s i t uat i ons whi ch appl y t o t he
C
ol l ege i ncl udeW

­

F i r e

­

F l o o d

­

Asbestos

­

Vandalism

­

W a s t e C o n t a m
i n a t i o n

­

Storage of Hazardous substances

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­

Spi l l ages

­

Bi odi versi ty

Recommendations



NPTC needs to ensure that
al l staff and rel evant students are
knowl edgeabl e of emergency procedures



Inci dent reports shoul d be compl eted after any acci dent, i nci dent
or i denti f
i ed non
-
conformance.


16

Anci l l ar y Act i vi t i es

Anci l l ar y act i vi t i es at NPTC i ncl ude of f i ce act i vi t i es, mai nt enance and
t he use of si t e cont r act or s, al l of whi ch a det ai l ed bel ow.


Of f i ce Act i vi t i es

At pr esent
,

t her e ar e no pr ovi si ons i n pl ace t o moni t or paper usage and
paper i s cur r ent l y not sour ced f r om r ecycl ed mat er i al s. Paper i s al so
of t en wast ed i n t he of f i ce as a r esul t of mi spr i nt s and not ut i l i si ng t he
doubl e pr i nt opt i ons i f avai l abl e and i s wast ed as
a r esul t of unwant ed
junk mai l.

Low power set t i ngs ar e avai l abl e and ar e used i n t he f or m of oper at e
t i me
-

t r i gger ed ener gy
-
savi ng scr een saver s.


Mai nt enance Act i vi t i es

Ther e ar e cur r ent mai nt enance cont r act s i n pl ace f or a number of
act i vi t i es at NPTC wh
i ch i ncl ude
s

cl eani ng,
and t hose
who use a r ange
of di f f er ent subst ances and chemi cal s.


Si t e Cont r act or s

Ext er nal cont r act or s ar e used as needed.
For a
l l ext er nal cont r act s
,

and f
or each act i vi t y
,

r i sk assessment s and met hod st at ement s ar e
under t aken. At pr esent
,

t he envi r onment al per f or mance of cont r act or s
i s not moni t or ed or cont r ol l ed.

Recommendat i ons



Computers and printers have a standby mode that shuts down
and reduces the power requirement
of the appliance after a set
period of non
-
use. This reduces the energy consumption of
computers, faes, printers and copiers



Monitor environmental performance of contractors. Develop a
supplier approval scheme / purchasing policy



Ensure
p
hotocopiers

慮a

o
ffice equipment are switched off when
not in use



Set photocopiers to duple copy where practicable and
consolidate printers to central points



Monitor office paper purchased and try and minimise where
possible.


17

Envi r onment al Per f or mance of
Cont r act or s, Sub
-
Cont r act or s
and Suppl i er s

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As menti oned above i n Secti on 4.16 (Anci l l ary Acti vi ti es), the
performance of contractors, sub
-
contractors i s not moni tored; however
,

i t i s acknowl edged that where possi bl e
,

NPTC wi l l deal wi th suppl i ers
who produce cl eani ng chemi cal s and pai nts / varni shes that are ei ther
water
-

based or are envi ronmental l y fri endl y.


Recommendations



Begi n assessi ng the envi ronmental credenti al s of al l contractors
and suppl i ers used by the
C
ol l ege



Ask for copi es of Envi ronmental Pol i ci es, EMS Certi fi cati on,
Waste Management Li cen
c
es
,

et c.



Moni t o r en v i r onme nt al per f or manc e of c ur r ent c ont r ac t o r s.
De vel op a s uppl i er appr o val s c heme / pur c has i n g pol i c y



18

Landscapi ng and Aest het i cs

Due t o

t he l ocat i on of many of t he NPTC campuses
,

t her e i s ver y l i t t l e
scope t o i mpr ovi ng t he l andscapi ng of t he si t es; however
,

NPTC do
what t hey can i n r el at i on t o aest het i cs by t he use of si gnage and
ensur i ng campuses ar e kept cl ean and t i dy.


Al l bui l di ng m
ai nt enance i s car r i ed out as and when r equi r ed.


Twyn yr Hydd House i s l ocat ed i n Mar gam Count r y Par k and has a hi gh
l evel o
f

l andscapi ng and aest het i cs due t o t he nat ur e of t he act i vi t i es
t hat t ake pl ace at t he House and wi t hi n t he pr emi ses.
A
l l l andscapi
ng
ensur
es

t hat t he pr emi se
s

r emai ns t o f i t i n wi t h t he sur r oundi ng
physi cal sur r oundi ngs.

Recommendat i ons




Where possible


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Bi odi ver si t y

As wi t h l andscapi ng and aest het i cs, t her e i s ver y l i t t l e bi odi ver si t y i n
t he i mmedi at e ar eas sur r oundi ng most
of NPTC campuses, wi t h t he
except i on of Twyn yr Hydd House and Col eg Pont ar dawe.


As ment i oned pr evi ousl y
,

Twyn yr Hydd House i s l ocat ed wi t hi n
Mar gam Par k, whi ch consi st s of a pat t er n of pl ant habi t at s, i ncl udi ng
br oadl eaved, coni f er ous and mi xed woodl ands, scr ub, gr assl and, bog,
l akes and st r eams.


Col eg

Pont ar dawe i s l ocat ed
adjacent t o t he r i ve
r

Tawe
. Ther
e coul d be

i mpact on t he bi odi ver si t y of t he r i ver i f a pol l ut i on i nci dent was t o
occur.

Recommendat i ons



Consider the feasibility of improving the biodiversity of the site by
introducing small measures
;

for eample
,

installing bird boes,
feeder stations
and bat and ladybird boes

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Ensure that al l pl anted trees are nati ve speci es. As pl anti ng
nati ve pl ants offers far more too nati ve
wi l dl i fe than i ntroduced
pl ants



When pl anti ng
,

ensure to avoi d the i ntroducti on of i nvasi ve
speci es such as Rhododendron ponti
cum and Japanese knotweed
(Fal l opi a j aponi ca)



Increase the hei ght of any grassy areas on si te. Longer grass
al l ows pl ants, such as annual meadow grass and pl antai n, to
seed more readi l y and p
rovi de i mportant food for bi rds




Where possi bl e
,

cut grass areas
onl y once per year to benefi t
grass and wi l dfl ower speci es, i nsects and bi rds.



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Busi ness and Communi t y Par t ner s / St akehol der s

At pr esent
,

NPTC does not communi cat e t hei r envi r onment al
per f or mance t o al l st akehol der s / i nt er est ed par t i es.


NPTC
is

heavi l y i nvol ved i n t he l ocal communi t y and wi der ar ea, due t o
t he nat ur e of t he
C
ol l ege. For exampl e
,

t he r ecent pur chase
of t he
Ll andar cy Campus i s par t of a pr i vat e / publ i c par t ner shi p t hat pr ovi des
spor t s t r ai ni ng and t eachi ng f aci l i
t i es, and i s r un
pr of i t abl y i n

co
-
oper at i on wi t h t he
C
ol l ege.

Recommendat i ons




Ensure all staff, stakeholders and contractors are aware of all
company policies and procedures and the environmental impacts
associated with their employment / partnerships.