New green strategy puts UCPH in the sustainability Champions League

GREEN CAMPUS The University of Copenhagen has set out ambitious new targets for sustainability designed to make UCPH one of the world’s most sustainable universities. With “Green Campus 2020: A Strategy for Resource Efficiency and Sustainability” the university has taken a big step towards meeting new environmental goals, including specific targets for energy and CO2 reductions.

Goals to be achieved through systemic solutions

By focusing on systemic solutions, the University of Copenhagen will be an international model for sustainable universities. UCPH must collaborate with other ambitious universities such as those in the IARU, use the best experiences, and help improve sustainability in universities around the world through knowledge sharing. UCPH focuses on: 

 KU skal være internationalt fyrtårn

Physical settings
Sustainable physical environment: buildings, facilities, technology and infrastructure.

Living Lab
Development and demonstration of the sustainability solutions that UCPH itself researches and teaches. UCPH should be a living laboratory for the development of tomorrow’s sustainability solutions.

A sustainability culture in which all staff and students encounter and practice sustainable behaviour in their everyday life. Sustainability and resource efficiency should be integrated efficiently and meaningfully in the organisation and management of the university.

We can work together towards a sustainable UCPH in 2020

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Main goals of the "Green Campus 2020" strategy

The main goals of the strategy can be seen below. In the overall strategy you can find all the targets and an elaboration of the goals and efforts.  


  • A 65% reduction of CO2 emissions from energy consumption and transport per Full Time Equivalent


  •  A 50% reduction in energy consumption per Full Time Equivalent


  • A 20% reduction in overall waste volume per Full Time Equivalent

  • Recycling of 50% of the waste produced

  • A 30% reduction in water consumption per Full Time Equivalent


  • Procurement and construction without health and environmental contaminants
  • Reduction of the university’s total pollution and chemical environmental impact


  • Sustainability and resource efficiency in all major decisions and actions
  • Awareness of UCPH as a sustainable university and sustainability as an everyday practice


  • Development and demonstration of future sustainable solutions on campus