Greenhouse gases are gases that absorb infrared radiation and radiate heat. Human activities are responsible for almost all the increase in greenhouse gases in the atmosphere over the last 150 years. This is the main cause of global climate change.
The University is responsible for the direct or indirect emission of greenhouse gases from different sources. Some important emission sources are the use of electricity, fuels for stationary and transport purposes, business travel, commuting, waste to landfill, and construction.
The University is committed to support the creation of a zero-carbon economy, as demonstrated by:
- Being carbon neutral certified since 2016
- Committing to full divestment by the end of 2021
- Joining Race to Zero (previously Global Climate Letter for Universities and Colleges) in 2021
Read more about these initiatives in the 'Our Commitment' section.
You can fight climate change and help the University
University's Emissions Reduction Plan
You can contribute to the development of the University's Emissions Reduction Plan. See an introduction by emission source and follow the instructions to add your ideas or go to the online EasyRetro board (open until 15 November 2021):
- Travel and transport presentation (PDF 643KB) and EasyRetro board. Includes University fleet, taxis and rideshare, air travel and staff commuting.
- Built environment presentation (PDF 652KB) and EasyRetro board. Includes electricity, natural gas, refrigerant gases and construction.
- Waste, water and procurement presentation (PDF 632KB) and EasyRetro board. Includes waste to landfill, water, wastewater, office paper, washroom paper and other procurement.
- Services and ICT presentation (PDF 653KB) and EasyRetro board. Includes security and cleaning services, catering and ICT hardware.
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