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Sustainability, Energy and the Environment

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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.

Carbon Reduction
Bucks New University has achieved the Carbon Trust Standard in recognition of measuring, managing and reducing  carbon emissions.

  • Our solar panels are capable of producing up to 138,000 kWh of energy per year. This equates to an annual saving of 70 tonnes of carbon.
  • Since 2005 we have reduced our carbon footprint by 43%.

Read our Carbon Management Implementation Plan (PDF Format)

We now have the target of reducing our carbon footprint by 50% by 2020. From a 2005-06 baseline of 6,975 tonnes of CO2 we have already reduced our footprint to 3,971 tonnes, which is a reduction of 3,007 tonnes per year.  This 43% drop ranks us in the top 5 UK universities for reducing our carbon footprints.

Energy consumption

  • 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.

The University had made significant savings by removing duplication of facilities and reducing energy and operational costs.
Commercial activity includes the hire of facilities such as our state of the art gym which is shared with the local community, and the hosting of high profile events, as well as local business and public authority sustainability workshops.

Read our Environmental Policy (pdf)