Vice-Chancellor's Office

Environmental Information Regulations 2004

The Environmental Information Regulations came into force on 1 January 2005 and provide a right of access to specific environmental information held by public authorities - the University included - which it is not possible to access under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

Some general environmental information is already available on the University's Publication Scheme under the Physical Resources classification.

Requests for any other environmental information should be made to the University's Information Disclosure Officer who has 20 working days after the receipt of a request in which to provide the information. An extension to 40 working days may be possible though, if the complexity and volume of the information requested makes it impracticable to provide the information earlier.

Contact the University's Information Disclosure Officer.

Definition of Environmental Information:

Specifically, the type of environmental information available under these Regulations falls into the following categories:

  • the state of the elements of the environment such as air, water, soil
  • emissions and discharges such as noise, energy and radiation
  • measures and activities (e.g. policies) that affect or are likely to affect the state of the elements of the environment
  • reports, cost-benefits and economic analyses used within the policies that might affect the state of the elements of the environment
  • the state of human health & safety, including the contamination of the food chain
  • the state of cultural sites and built structures.