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Net zero by 2030/31

We are ranked 13th in the world and 1st in the UK for our contribution to UN Global Goal 13: Climate Action (THE Impact Rankings 2022). 

The target of our Climate and Ecological Crisis Action Plan (CECAP) is to achieve net zero emissions across all activities, known as scopes 1, 2 and 3, by 2030/31.

We will reduce our greenhouse gas emissions as rapidly as possible, with particular focus on energy consumption, transport and capital development, and invest in high-quality carbon offsets, where necessary, to achieve the science-based net zero target. 

Reducing BU’s emissions from energy and water is a key part of meeting our net zero target. BU has been focused on continuously improving our energy and water management on campus and reducing our emissions since our first Carbon Management Plan in 2010. We have made great strides in this, reducing our GHG emissions by 53% in 2019/20 compared to the 2005/06 baseline, two years earlier than our target. Read our CECAP Annual Report 2019/20 here. 

Our integrated Environmental and Energy Management system is certified to ISO50001:2018 and we are ranked 1st in the country for our contribution to SDG13: Climate Action according to the THE Impact Rankings 2022. 

1500+
solar panels across our BU campuses
53%
reduction in carbon emissions since 2005