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Bucks New University's Carbon Trust Standard recertified to reinforce commitment to the environment

Buckinghamshire New University has been recertified with the Carbon Trust Standard for a third time and is one of only nine universities and colleges to hold the certification.Buckinghamshire New University has been recertified with the Carbon Trust Standard for a third time and is one of only nine universities and colleges to hold the certification.

The Carbon Trust Standard requires organisations to demonstrate year-on-year reductions in carbon emissions and the University first received the award in 2011.

Across all of its facilities, the University has reduced its carbon footprint by 43 per cent since 2005. It aims to save 50 per cent by 2020.

Bucks New University has also installed its third set of solar panels on the roofs of buildings at our campus in Queen Alexandra Road, High Wycombe, saving 75 tonnes of carbon per year being emitted in to the atmosphere. 

Alastair Jack, Sustainability and Energy Manager at Bucks New University, said: "Many projects have enabled this 43 per cent reduction in carbon emissions, including the use of electric vehicles, better building insulation and boiler and lighting upgrades."

Speaking about the solar panels, Mr Jack added: "The University now has three sets of solar panels on top of buildings at the High Wycombe Campus, generating over 138,000 kWh of renewable electricity each year. This is enough renewable electricity annually to power the University's five-story Owen Harris building."

Bucks New University's fleet of electric vehicles has helped it reduce its carbon emissions.Morgan Jones, Associate Director - Certification at the Carbon Trust, said: "We would like to congratulate everyone at the University for their continuing successes in reducing carbon emissions, resulting in the award of the Carbon Trust Standard for another two years.

"This achievement requires ongoing effort and constant improvement, which directly helps to take action against climate change at the same time as setting a positive example to staff and students."

Picture caption: Ian Hunter and Alastair Jack of Bucks New University with a set of solar panels.

Picture caption two: Bucks New University's fleet of electric vehicles has helped it reduce its carbon emissions.