Sustainability

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.

Read our Carbon Management Implementation Plan.

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 now reduced our footprint to 3,156 tonnes, which is a reduction of 3,819 tonnes per year.  This 55% drop ranks us as one of the top UK universities for reducing our carbon footprints and has achieved the University's 2020 target.

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.  In 2018 Go Green Week focused on recycling and became Recycling Awareness Week.  The Student Union also promote sustainability to the students through their submission to the NUS for Green Impact.

Volunteering opportunities for students are available from the Student Union including working on sustainability projects.  This years Give it a Go Week saw students helping out at the One Can Trust local food bank, in the garden of Wycombe Museum, sorted out donations in our very own Bucks New Usage store and went down to Brighton for the day to clean the beach

The University is currently developing an environmental management system through the EcoCampus scheme.  Currently the University has been awarded a Gold accreditation to this scheme.

In June 2018 Bucks New University signed a declaration that it did not hold investments in extractor fossil fuel companies and that they will be excluded from future investments.

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.

The Estates, Facilities and Services Directorate implement sustainability within the University estate.  Ian Hunter, Director of Estates, Facilities and Services, leads this team with specialist support from a Sustainability and Energy Manager, an Estates Manager and a Maintenance Supervisor who implement new sustainability initiatives into the University estate.

If you would like more information on Sustainability at the University's please contact Alastair Jack, Sustainability and Energy Manager at alastair.jack@bucks.ac.uk