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The power is in your hands

Energy, carbon and water

Energy use in buildings is one of the most significant elements of BU’s Carbon Footprint. BU is investing in energy efficient equipment such as lighting, building management controls, boilers and heating systems to help run the estate as efficiently as possible. Students and staff can also play a key role in helping us to save energy.

Our work in this area, and continual improvement, is of importance to our community and also globally

The steps we're taking to save energy

BU has had a Carbon Management Plan since 2009 and has been implementing a wide range of energy and water-saving projects to save money and carbon. Examples include installing efficient LED lighting, a biomass boiler, two ground source heat pumps and over 1,500 solar panels. You can see the energy generated by our latest PV array on Poole House here.

The Carbon Management Plan was refreshed in 2016 with the target is to reduce carbon emissions by 40% by 2020/21 against the 2005/6 baseline. This is an ambitious target given BU's growth plans. To meet it BU will continue to invest in the estate and to encourage all staff and students to play their part in helping to reduce carbon emissions. The plan builds on all the good work to date and sets out the key initiatives we will implement as we work towards the target. You can read more in our Carbon Management Plan (pdf 2.4mb) and annual report (pdf 1.4mb). BU regularly reports its Carbon emissions and also monitors indirect Scope 3 emissions (pdf 250kb). 

BU's Energy and Water Policy (pdf 144kb) sets out commitments to minimise consumption and install renewable energy and water technologies.

BU also has a Sustainable IT Policy (pdf 278kb) which refers to the operation of IT infrastructure and services. It actively contributes towards our Sustainability Policy and the Carbon Management Plan. You can view all of our sustainable policies and documents on the governance and policies page.

Students on the MSc Green Economy course complete an assignment in which they critically evaluate the BU Carbon Management Plan and make suggestions for improvement. This assignment gives students experience of reviewing a real working document outlining environmental management in a large organisation. It also gives them an insight into the work that goes into managing our environmental impacts at BU. Read more examples of Education for Sustainable Development at BU.

What can you do?

Use the power in your hands:

- Turn off monitors, lights and any other equipment when not in use.
- Take the stairs rather than the lift.
- Take part in our Spot the Drop campaign and report any drips and leaks you see to us. If you’re the first to report it you could win a free stainless steel water bottle!
- Keep up to date with everything sustainable at BU on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.