Bucks New University has been given a Brite Green Top 10 University Carbon Reduction Award for its work in reducing carbon emissions.
The University Carbon Report showed that Bucks – which has campuses in High Wycombe, Uxbridge, Missenden and Aylesbury – has reduced its emissions by 48% since 2005 and is in the top ten performers among the 127 higher education institutions analysed.
Figures released by sustainability strategy consultancy Brite Green last week revealed Bucks is seventh in the HE sector for carbon reduction. The University is also one of 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.
‘Universities across the country are demonstrating the benefits of implementing carbon management programmes, with some, like Bucks, delivering incredible reductions.’
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 while more institutions are improving their individual performance, the majority remain off-track in meeting their own targets.
Of the 127 higher education institutions, Bucks New University was one of 52 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.”