Green Results and Indicators – University of Copenhagen

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Green Results and indicators

In order to gauge our progress toward sustainability, we must establish a clear picture of the present environmental footprint and climatic impact of the University of Copenhagen. We must identify where we are successful and where challenges still present themselves. A clear picture of consumption and impact creates the foundation for adequate comparison with other universities - both nationally and internationally – for example within the IARU context. As a part of the University of Copenhagen’s sustainability effort, green accounts will be continuously developed with improved quality of data and new estimations. This will involve working with indicators which reflect different aspects of sustainability. 

The first green accounts published by the University of Copenhagen covered the year 2007. UCPH releases a new report about the green accounts each year to measure our progress. 

Green Accounts 2013

By late 2013, the University of Copenhagen has reached its targets and reduced its CO2 emissions by more than 28% and its energy consumption by more than 20% per person.

By the end of 2013, the University of Copenhagen had reduced its energy consumption per person (Full Time Equivalent of students and staff) by 20.4% compared with 2006. Thereby the goal of achieving a 20 % reduction by late 2013 has been reached.

Furthermore, the university had achieved a 28.8% reduction in CO2 emissions by 2013. This means that our goal of a 20% reduction per Full Time Equivalent was also reached. 

How the results were achieved

Technical projects (approximately 69%)
The University of Copenhagen has invested almost DKK 130 million in technical improvements to lower the energy consumption of the university’s buildings. Among other things, the money was spent on energy-efficient fume cupboards and ventilation systems, insulation of pipes, LED lighting, lighting control and energy-efficient, centralised server facilities.

Green Action behavioural campaign (approximately 13%)
By focusing on energy-efficient habits among staff and students, Green Action has succeeded in making a significant contribution to the total reduction. The campaign included initiatives such as closing fume cupboards and switching off equipment when it is not in use.

Energy management at the faculties (approximately 18%)
The university is focusing attention on intelligent energy management and initiatives such as lighting control, lowering of temperatures at night and improved control of ventilation.