1 November 2018

University wins BIFM environmental award

The University of Oxford has won another prestigious award for its outstanding environmental performance. It has been named as winner of the ‘Impact on the Environment’ category in the British Institute of Facilities Management (BIFM) Awards, on account of its £14.6m Carbon Management Programme.

BIFM awards winners 2018Established in 2011 and managed by the Environmental Sustainability team within Estates Services, the programme has already reduced annual CO2 emissions by more than 5,800 tonnes and cut energy costs by nearly £1.4m a year. This has been achieved in numerous ways, from adding insulation to buildings and moving to more energy-efficient lighting technologies to installing renewable energy generation capacity such as solar photovoltaic panels – the University produced some 54 times more energy on site in 2015/16 than it had a decade before.

The BIFM judges commented that 'the age of the assets and the sheer scale of the University of Oxford make this entry representative of an exceptional initiative in delivering a cohesive energy programme.' They added that 'engagement and buy-in from both the academic bodies has been key to the initiative's success.'

The award recognises work done all over the University to reduce its environmental impact, including actions taken under the Green Impact scheme, in which staff and students team up to make the buildings they work in greener. Entering the awards was a joint initiative between the Environmental Sustainability and Facilities Management teams.

The Carbon Management Programme had already won two Building Performance Awards from the Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers for the University earlier in 2018.