Bucks New University receives Brite Green Top 10 University Carbon Reduction Award

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Date: 5th Oct 2017

Bucks New University has received a Brite Green Top 10 University Carbon Reduction Award for its efforts in reducing carbon emissions.

The University Carbon Report showed that Bucks has reduced its emissions by 48% since 2005 and is in the top ten performers among 127 higher education institutions.Picture of solar panels

Figures released by sustainability strategy consultancy Brite Green last week revealed Bucks is 7th in the HE sector for carbon reduction. The University is also one of very few in the sector to hold the Carbon Trust Standard.

Projects to reduce the University’s carbon footprint include:  Lighting systems with presence and absence detection, and daylight dimming; installation of solar panels; efficient ventilation systems; and use of electric vans for post-delivery and maintenance staff among others.

Alastair Jack, Sustainability and Energy Manager, said: “It’s fantastic to see the fall in the University’s carbon footprint and have the hard work of the University recognised.  With new carbon reduction projects being undertaken each year, we are on course to hit our own 50% carbon reduction target several years early.”

Key findings also show that each year more institutions are improving their individual performance, but the majority are still off track to meet their own targets.

Of the 127 higher education institutions analysed, Bucks New University was one of 52 which are projected to meet or exceed their 2020 targets. The University is currently only 2% away from this target, with current trends showing it could be 9% above by 2020.

Darren Chadwick, Managing Partner at Brite Green, congratulated Bucks New University and said: “Universities across the country are demonstrating the benefits of implementing carbon management programmes, with some, like Bucks, delivering incredible reductions. Sustainability is a key strategic issue for Universities and leading institutions recognise that it needs to be managed across all aspects of university life; from teaching and research to investment strategy and estates management.”

Caption: Ian Hunter, Director of Estates & Facilities, and Alastair Jack, Sustainability and Energy Manager, with the solar panels on the roof at Bucks New University, High Wycombe Campus

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