Environmental sustainability

Photovoltaics
Photovoltaics

Our approach

We aspire to be a leader in environmental sustainability, and to play our part in meeting carbon reduction and other environmental commitments. 

Energy

  • 100kW of photovoltaic solar panels are installed on the roof at Park End Street, supplying energy for use within the building or back into the national grid.
  • The Thatcher Business Education Centre at Park End Street is equipped with solar-thermal water heating, and ground source heat pumps that supply up to 70% of heating needs.
  • Energy-efficient LED lighting has been installed across the estate, alongside motion detectors to turn off lights automatically when rooms are not in use.
  • Energy use is monitored and controlled through a Building Management System producing monthly data.
  • Optimisation of the estate’s energy use and heating and cooling patterns in 2017 resulted in annual carbon savings of 77 tonnes.
  • Electricity is provided to the School through a green energy tariff.

Waste and recycling

  • General waste and recycling rates are monitored on a monthly basis.
  • Food waste is separately collected and sent to a local biodigester facility producing biogas and fertiliser.
  • Disposable coffee cups have been removed from all automatic coffee machines at Park End Street. Staff and students are issued with reusable cups. This saves an estimated 150,000 cups every year from going to waste.

Travel

  • A fleet of bicycles is available for staff and students travelling between our sites or to meetings.
  • Electric bike hire and charging is available at Park End Street through the OXONBIKE scheme.
  • Bike parking and showers are available for staff and students commuting by bicycle.
  • Two electric car charging points being installed the Thatcher Business Education Centre, Park End Street by February 2018.

Biodiversity, water and food

  • A green roof covers 50% of the total roof area of the Thatcher Business Education Centre at Park End Street. The roof improves biodiversity and is used to harvest rainwater for non-potable water use.
  • Egrove Park's 37 acres feature extensive biodiversity including 12,000 trees, a wildflower meadow managed under an Environmental Stewardship scheme, thirty nest boxes, invertebrate and small mammal habitats, and beehives. 
  • Our catering team has achieved a bronze certification under the Soil Association’s Food for Life standard, and sources 'RSPCA Assured' eggs, sustainable fish, Red Tractor meat, and Fairtrade sugar and black tea. 

We are a member of the Green Impact Scheme run by the University of Oxford and National Union of Students, which involves staff, students and faculty in collaboratively improving sustainability performance. In 2018 we were awarded a Gold Green Impact Award. 

Find out more about Green Impact