Bucks New University has a positive impact on the local community and environment through a number of initiatives. This has led to the reduction of our overall energy consumption. You can read our Environmental Policy here.
Bucks New University has achieved the Carbon Trust Standard in recognition of measuring, managing and reducing carbon emissions.
We have a target to reduce our scope 1 and 2 carbon emissions by 50% by 2020 from a 2005-06 baseline. From the baseline 2005-06 carbon emissions of 6,975 tonnes we have already reduced our footprint to 3,617 tonnes, which is a reduction of 3,358 tonnes per year. This 48% drop ranks us as one of the top UK universities for reducing our carbon footprints.
Here are some of the projects we have undertaken to reduce our carbon footprint.
- Lighting systems with presence and absence detection, and daylight dimming
- Up to 80% heat/cooling recovery from ventilation systems
- Variable speed pumps that reduce energy requirements under different loads
- Highly efficient air source heat pumps
- Sub-metering and monitoring of all systems with a building management computer system
- Automatic shut-down of computers via software.
- Use of electric vans for post delivery and maintenance staff.
- Installation of solar panels capable of producing up to 138,000 kWh of energy per year. This equates to an annual saving of 70 tonnes of carbon.
The University works with and supports the Student Union to promote sustainability to students. Information is provided to the students on how to live more environmentally friendly through the Student Union's community guide. The University also supports the Student Union to run an annual Go Green Week and in their submission to the NUS for Green Impact.
The University is currently developing an environmental management system through the EcoCampus scheme. Currently the University has been awarded a Sliver accreditation to this scheme.
The University runs working groups for carbon reduction, waste management and travel. These groups bring university staff and the Student Union together to discuss and implement ideas to improve the sustainability of the University.