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Josephine Butler College has announced a major stride towards sustainability with the upcoming installation of Solar Photovoltaic (PV) systems over the coming months. This initiative seamlessly aligns with Durham University's ongoing commitment to address pressing environmental challenges and solidifies its position as a leader in global sustainability efforts.

Durham University's recognition in the top 20 of over 1,400 universities worldwide in the QS World University Rankings for Sustainability speaks volumes about its dedication to tackling the most significant environmental, social, and governance challenges of our time. The university's 'first class' ranking in the People and Planet University Guide further attests to its impactful environmental policies and groundbreaking research.


The Solar PV installation at Josephine Butler College is an integral part of Durham University's broader sustainability agenda. The university aims to achieve net zero carbon by 2035 and biodiversity net gain by 2032, as outlined in its recent Sustainability Ambition Statement. This forward-thinking approach places Durham University at the forefront of global efforts to combat climate change and create a more sustainable future.


The project that is underway at Josephine Butler College will see the installation of 260 kW of Solar PV across seven residential blocks, generating approximately 225,000 kWh of zero-carbon electricity. This will contribute significantly, covering 21% of the electricity demand across the Howlands site and resulting in an impressive reduction of about 45 tonnes of CO2 emissions.


This shift to solar power contributes to a substantial reduction in the College's carbon footprint, promoting cleaner and more sustainable energy production. Installing Solar PV showcases Josephine Butler's commitment to environmental stewardship.  

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