University of Bedfordshire Target Zero official launch

Initiative aims to reduce carbon emissions by a further 510 tonnes

The University of Bedfordshire has launched its Target Zero campaign. The 12-month initiative aims to reduce the University’s carbon emissions by a further 510 tonnes.

It also plans to increase recycling rates by 12% across all campuses, through the support of students and staff.

Professor Rebecca Bunting, interim vice chancellor at the University of Bedfordshire, said:

“Climate change is affecting every single country and so universities world-wide have a role to play in ensuring the global temperature rise remains under two degrees centigrade.

“Here at the University of Bedfordshire we have embedded sustainability into the student curriculum through collaborative activities which promote awareness, understanding and actions relating to sustainability and climate change.

“We have also made huge reductions to our carbon emissions since 2005 by altering the way we run our estate, but now is the last push – the last 500 tonnes – and we need the help of our staff and students to meet our Target Zero goals.”

The University of Bedfordshire said it was the second university in the country to make the decision not to invest in fossil fuels.

It added that since 2009 it has been generating its own renewable energy for use across all campuses. Also it claimed that annual carbon emissions have been halved since 2005. It aims to be carbon neutral by 2050 in alignment with the UK government’s climate change target.

All of the University’s buildings constructed since 2010 have achieved a BREEAM level of excellent; incorporating low carbon construction technologies, rainwater harvesting, solar panelling and green ‘living’ roofs and have been constructed from Green Guide rated materials.

Adam Higgin, head of Sustainability at the University of Bedfordshire, said:

“We have taken massive strides in our ethical and environmental performance. Our ranking in the People & Planet Green League has risen dramatically from 124th in 2010 to 8th in 2019 and we have also be awarded Platinum Eco campus status.

“Our Target Zero campaign is a brilliant opportunity to bring together students and staff as we continue to raise awareness and encourage everyone to take individual responsibility for their own carbon footprint.”