Commitment to UN Climate Goals
In 2021, BI committed itself to the UN's 1.5 degree target. We want to take an active role in the work to reduce the world's greenhouse gas emissions. Based on a projection analysis in line with the principles in Science Based Targets, we have found that BI must cut 50 % of the school’s greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, compared to 2017, in order to deliver on the 1.5 degree target. This means implementing major changes in our activities and habits. Here are some of the most important measures:
Here are some of the most important changes we will make:
- BI reduced the budget for business trips by 28 % in 2022 compared to 2019. This reduction in budget will also implemented in 2023.
- From 2023, all events at BI must be certified as green conferences.
- BI will reduce the use of plastic and disposable items, with a target of 65 % material recycling of its waste by the end of 2024.
- BI will increase the lifespan of furniture and fittings, as well as reusing materials wherever possible.
- Employees and students are encouraged to use public transport, bicycles or other climate-neutral means of transport to and from campus.
- BI will increase consumption of renewable energy on our campuses.
Eco-lighthouse certification (Miljøfyrtårn)
Eco-Lighthouse is a certification that helps private and public companies to be environmentally friendly and profitable at the same time. All BI’s campuses and operations have been Eco-Lighthouse certified since 2010. This implies working systematically to improve our environmental performance in areas such as working environment, waste management, energy use, procurement and transportation.
The Eco-Lighthouse certification is Norway's most widely used certificate for businesses that wish to document their environmental efforts and show corporate social responsibility. All students and employees at BI are obliged to follow the procedures of the Eco-Lighthouse, e.g. the waste management plan and the travel policy.
BI welcomes input from students, employees, suppliers, the public or other stakeholders on how we can improve our environmental work in operations. If you have any input, we encourage you to get in touch with Greta Koch, who is responsible for the Eco-Lighthouse: email@example.com
You can read more about our Eco-Lighthouse work down below:
All our campuses have a procedure for waste management and reuse, which describes how students and employees can contribute to increased reuse as well as a good sorting and management of the waste:
- Procedure for waste management and reuse for Campus Oslo
- Procedure for waste management and reuse for Campus Bergen
- Procedure for waste management and reuse for Campus Trondheim
- Procedure for waste management and reuse for Campus Stavanger
For many years, BI has focused on energy efficiency by switching to LEDs and motion sensors. At the Oslo campus, this has led to an annual saving equal to one million kWh.
BI aims to increase the share of renewable energy on its campuses. This has been achieved by the fact that the two newest campuses, Trondheim (2018) and Stavanger (2019), cover large parts of their energy needs with renewable energy from solar panels and sea pumps. In Bergen, cooling comes from a sea pump, while in Oslo heating and cooling are based on geothermal energy from the Nydalen Energisentral. There are also concrete plans on establishing solar panels on the roof for Campus Oslo.
As a result of BI's environmental focus, BI has since 2006 introduced several energy efficiency measures each year in the BI building. This also include the tenant areas in the A and D blocks. This has resulted in a good environmental profile as well as lower shared costs.
The BI building in Nydalen is adapted to energy-friendly heating and cooling through our association with Nydalen Energisentral AS, which is a geothermal energy system that both heats and cools the building. The BI building has also taken into account several energy-saving solutions.
However, there are still additional measures to be implemented in order to reduce energy consumption in the building. This requires an active energy management system. Since 2008, the Facility department has adopted an energy monitoring program that assists the department in this work. Efforts are being made at the same time to look at concrete measures to save energy:
- All employees who has their own office or who sits in places where the light can be turned off manually is encouraged to turn off the light when leaving the place.
- Own switches are placed in white boundary rods by the window in all offices.
- It is also encouraged to switch off PCs at the end of working hours.
Tenants can report changes in lighting times, e.g. on holidays. If light is desired beyond the set time, overtime switches are used via the overtime panel (located by the lift and in the common area). These provide light in the specific zone for two hours at a time.
The operating time for the ventilation systems are reduced during the holidays, without it being at the expense of the indoor climate in the building.
Responsible for energy efficiency in Property is Petter Häusler: firstname.lastname@example.org
The building in which Campus Bergen is situated was completed in 2011. The share of renewable energy is 51 %. This is achieved by cooling being produced by a sea pump and by heat being supplied by a district heating supplier with a high proportion of renewable energy. Automated measuring systems ensure continuous monitoring and adaptation, and energy efficiency measures are continuously worked on.
The building in which Campus Trondheim is situated was completed in 2018, and is able to cover large parts of its energy consumption from renewable energy. There are established solar panels on the roof, and this helps to cover parts of the building's electricity consumption. Heating and cooling comes from a sea pump, and it is produced about four times more energy than the input factor. The renewable was 90 % in 2021. The building, ventilation, lighting and lifts are energy efficient, and automated measurement systems ensure continuous monitoring and adaptation.
The building in which Campus Stavanger is situated was completed in 2019, and is able to cover large parts of its energy consumption from renewable energy. It has been built about 500 m2 of solar panels on the roof, which covers parts of the building's electricity consumption. Heating and cooling comes from a sea pump. The renewable share was 86 % in 2021. The building, ventilation, lighting and lifts are energy efficient, and automated measurement systems ensure continuous monitoring and adaptation.
Green mobility means prioritizing mobility solutions with the lowest greenhouse gas emissions. All campuses have good access to public transport, bicycle parking and wardrobes. Electric car chargers are also available on all campuses in the car parking areas.
BI is occupied with making conscious choices when purchasing goods and services, including focus on the environment and social conditions. It is important to make sure that BI’s buyers incorporate a circular mindset and attention to conditions in suppliers’ value chain when procuring.
BI's procurement policy specifies that a needs assessment must be carried out before a procurement is initiated, to ensure that a procurement is not carried out unnecessarily. BI has for many years emphasized the environment and environmentally friendly solutions with our suppliers. The result of this is that many suppliers are already environmentally certified or have committed to become so during the agreement period. As a result of this work, the number of our suppliers with environmental certification has increased every year.
BI is certified for green conferences. Campus Oslo was certified in 2018, and Stavanger, Bergen and Trondheim in 2019. Green conferences involve meeting certain requirements, such as: serving green menus, having enough sorting possibilities for the generated waste, no use of balloons or give-aways and informing conference participants about access to public transport in connection the conference.
The goal is for all conferences held on all BI’s campuses to be green. This would mean approx. 300 green conferences annually for all BI's campuses. Throughout the pandemic, many conferences were held digitally (which cannot be certified as green), but still 65 out of 227 conferences met the criteria for green conferences in 2021. 2022 is the first year with more or less normal operations since 2019. Work is being done to increase the proportion of green conferences in order to achieve our goal already in 2023.
BI makes annual climate accounts for the four campuses in order to map our own greenhouse gas emissions and measure our progress. The work on sustainability in our own organization was strongly affected by the pandemic in both 2020 and 2021, with extensive use of home offices, digital meetings and teaching, partially closed campuses and almost no travel activities. The digitization revolution that came as a result of the pandemic is expected to change our travel and commuting habits in the years to come.
BI's four largest emission sources are from energy, food and drink, commuting and travel (84% in 2021).
We are proud to announce that long-term work with environmental measures at BI is yielding results; the reduction in CO2 emissions from 2017 to 2021 is 66%.