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Sustainability strategy

Our operations

We take environmental responsibility in all parts of the business. This means that we are thinking about the environment when we design and redesign our buildings, procure goods and services, prolong the life cycle for them or dispose of them. We challenge our suppliers and partners on their contribution to climate action and environmental issues.

BI intends to contribute to and develop a sustainable society both in the way we teach and how we operate.

Our main goal in environmental and climate issues is to contribute to the 1.5-degree goal. To do so we will:

  • Reduce our emission
  • Increase use of renewable energy
  • Support green mobility solutions
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laptop and pen with blue business charts

Climate audit and report

Every year BI is implementing a climate audit and a climate report to measure our progress. BI works together with companies who maintain sustainability practices to all our campuses.

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Flat lay still life arrangement of child's pencil case filled with medical face mask, surgical gloves, and school supplies on solid gray background

Pandemic influence

The pandemic influenced greatly on our emissions in 2020, and new ways of teaching and working will continue to change our footprint in the years to come.

Healthy food
Healthy food

Food

All our campuses offer healthy, nutritious, and short-travelled food for our students and employees.

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Recycling plast bottles

Material recycling

BI has set an ambitious goal to contribute to material recycling. To do so BI work closely with our suppliers and has entered into partnership with Grønt Punkt in Norway.

People attending a conference
People attending a conference

Green conferences

All our campuses is also certified for Green Conferences, and BI has established itself as one of the biggest actors within the field of sustainable events in Norway.

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Bees flying in and out of a beehive

Beehives

We have taken an active role in contributing to biodiversity by having beehives on the roof of Campus Oslo.

Passport and maps
Passport and maps

Changed travel patterns

The digitalisation revolution caused by the pandemic will change our travel- and commuting patterns in the years to come.

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Plastic free set with eco cotton bag, glass jar, green leaves and recycled tableware top view

Plastic and disposable packaging

BI have decided to reduce the use of unnecessary plastic and disposable packaging by 2022 and to increase material recycling from our campuses to 65 % by the end of 2022.

Public transport
Public transport

Transport

All BIs campuses are located with good access to public transport and have in addition good facilities for cycle parking.

Commitment to UN Climate Goals

In 2021, BI committed to reaching the United Nations goal of limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees. We want to take an active role in reducing global greenhouse gas emissions. Based on a projection analysis of what it will take to succeed in this, we discovered that BI needs to cut 50 percent of school emissions by 2030. This will cause major changes in our activities and habits.

Here are some of the most important changes we will make:

  • We are reducing business travel by 28 percent in our 2022 budget, compared to 2019.
  • Starting in 2022, all events to take place on BI campuses will be certified as 'green conferences'.
  • Reduce the use of plastics and disposables, with the goal of 65% material recycling by the end of 2022.
  • We will increase the service life of our buildings and furniture and reuse materials that can be reused.
  • Employees are encouraged to use public transport, bicycles or other climate-neutral vehicles when coming or going to work.
  • We will increase our own consumption of renewable energy.

Energy efficient campuses

Environmental and climate work at BI in 2021

BI is Eco-Lighthouse Certified. We prepare annual climate accounts that map the emissions from our campuses. Our work on sustainability within our organisation was strongly influenced by the pandemic in 2020 and 2021, with extensive use of home offices, digital meetings and teaching, partially closed campuses and almost no travel activities.

  • BI's four largest sources of emissions come from energy, food/beverages, commuting and travel (82.5% in 2020).
  • We are proud of the long-term work we are doing on environmental measures at BI, which really are producing results. We have achieved a reduction in CO2 emissions since 2017 with as much as 69.5%.

Green reorganisation

In 2021, BI decided to strengthen our initiatives in environmental work and long-term strategic development of our campuses by dividing the Facility Department into two units: Sustainable Campus Facilities and Real Estate. The goal is to increase interdisciplinary cooperation on reducing the greenhouse gas emissions for each entity, and increase competence across the whole organisation.

"BI is on a positive journey when it comes to greener campuses and climate action in our operations. However, we still have a long way to go to achieve our overall ambitions to support the 1.5-degree goal. My hope is that we will learn from the pandemic and implement more sustainable operations in the years to come, continuously reducing our impact on the planet."

Wenche Dahl

Director, Facility