Revised and strengthened Environmental Information Regulations (EIR) came into force on 1 January 2005. Like the Freedom of Information Act they give access rights to any person, anywhere in the world, but they deal specifically with information relating to any decisions, activities and policy formulation that may have an impact on the environment. The Information Commissioner's Office suggests the following information will fall under the Environmental Information Regulations:
- the state of the elements of the environment, such as air, water, soil, land and biological diversity;
- emissions and discharges, noise, energy, radiation, waste and other such substances;
- measures and activities such as policies, plans, and agreements affecting or likely to affect the state of the elements of the environment;
- reports, cost-benefit and economic analyses used in these policies, plans and agreements;
- the state of human health and safety, contamination of the food chain and cultural sites and built structures (to the extent they may be affected by the state of the elements of the environment).
Environmental information is exempt information under section 39 of the Freedom of Information Act, but must be dealt with in accordance with the Environmental Information Regulations. To learn more about the different Acts which allow access to information, visit the Information Commissioner's Office guide to the Acts.
If you need to access information about the University's approach towards environmental issues, please consult our environment website in the first instance.
If you are still unable to find the information you seek, requests for environmental information relating to the University should be made in writing to firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail to:
Legal Compliance Team
Deputy Registrar's Office
University of Warwick
Unlike requests made under the Freedom of Information Act, Environmental Information Regulation requests do not need to be submitted in writing to be considered a valid request. However, to ensure that your request is handled as efficiently as possible, it is helpful for us to have a written trail.
Such requests will be processed within 20 working days.
Other staff members in receipt of such requests should inform the Administrative Officer for Legal Compliance immediately.