Bucks signs fossil-free declaration

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Date: 21st Jun 2018

Buckinghamshire New University has signed a pledge to not invest in fossil fuels or companies which do in a declaration developed by the National Union of Students and People & Planet.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Rebecca Bunting signed the Fossil Fuel Declaration, for universities with no investments in the fossil fuel sector to confirm their fossil free status and their intention to remain so.

Prof Bunting said: “We want to protect the future of all our students - current and future.

“At Bucks New University we are proud to work for the public good and to help the environment and we are extremely pleased to add our signature to this important pledge.

“As an anchor institution in the region we recognise the importance of taking a step back from investing in an industry which has five times more reserves than it is safe to burn within the parameters of 1.5 and 2 degrees of global warming.”

Bucks New University has joined universities including Anglia Ruskin and York St John in signing the declaration.

People & Planet is a student network in the UK campaigning for social and environmental justice. 

The declaration follows success for Bucks New University in 2017 when it received a Brite Green Top 10 University Carbon Reduction award.

This was in recognition for reducing its emissions by 48 per cent since 2005, placing it in the top ten performers out of 127 higher education institutions.

Figures released by sustainability strategy consultancy Brite Green revealed Bucks was seventh in the higher education sector for carbon reduction and also one of very few in the sector to hold the Carbon Trust Standard.

Bucks Students’ Union said: “The Students’ Union think the University has taken a positive step forward in supporting a sustainable future for society.

“Through all of our green projects throughout this year, the signing of this declaration embodies the conscious attitude of young people thinking about the future of our planet.”

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