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Climate Neutral University of Graz

The University of Graz is on its way to becoming one of the first climate-neutral universities in Austria. By 2030, it aims to significantly reduce all greenhouse gas emissions produced on campus. The university’s goal is to achieve true climate neutrality by 2040.

 

 

As soon as 2030, the University of Graz hopes to reduce its emissions by at least two thirds with the help of its measures and achieve “net zero emissions” by participating in carbon storage in Austria. According to the Carbon Management approach implemented by the University of Graz, true climate neutrality means that at least 90 per cent of emissions must be reduced by 2040.

 

A greenhouse gas balance was drawn up in order to successfully achieve this climate neutrality goal. This balance marks the starting point on the roadmap outlining the measures taken by University Graz to becoming climate neutral.

The University of Graz Greenhouse Gas Balance

The greenhouse gas balance is calculated based on the average emissions recorded between the years 2015 to 2019. This balance marks the starting point on the way to implementing climate protection measures.

Greenhouse gas balance

The Roadmap to a Climate-Neutral University of Graz

With the help of the following planned measures, the University of Graz wants to be able to operate with “net zero emissions” by 2030 and achieve complete climate neutrality by 2040.

Roadmap

The climate-neutral university

The following four areas in companies are responsible for producing greenhouse gas emissions: energy, mobility, resources, and inventory (e.g. buildings and finance). The carbon management approach defines which actors can act in which way. The starting point for the measures leading to a reduction in emissions as well as emission storage is the greenhouse gas balance. This is calculated at the beginning of the project. The carbon management approach can be applied to institutional, personal, public, non-profit as well as commercial entities. Here you can find more information about the carbon management approach and its applicability in your organisation.

 

Forschung voraus

Sandra Krautwaschl und Leonore Gewessler brachten sich an der Uni Graz auf den neuesten Stand der Klimaforschung.

Green and fair

How can the emissions onus be distributed fairly among each of the EU member states? Researchers from the Wegener Center for Climate and Global Change have developed a model

Blaue Zukunft

Yulia Ratnasari, selbst aus Indonesien und Gründerin des Karbon-Biru-Projekts, legt dabei auch persönlich Hand an. Hier ist sie beim Pflanzen von Mangroven zu sehen.

Staubfänger

Bettina Weber liefert gemeinsam mit internationalen KollegInnen erstmals umfassende Zahlen und Fakten zur Bedeutung biologischer Bodenkrusten für den regionalen und weltweiten Staubkreislauf.

BioBienenApfel

Bienenbotschafter: Geschäftsführender Rektor Peter Riedler, Bienenforscher Thomas Schmickl, Frutura-Geschäftsführerin Katrin Hohensinner, EU-Parlament-Vizepräsident Othmar Karas.

Runter vom Gas

Volkswirt Jakob Mayer: Würde Österreich ein Prozent seiner Landfläche für Windparks und Photovoltaik-Anlagen nutzen, wäre ein bedeutender Beitrag für unsere klimaneutrale und krisenfestere Versorgung geleistet.

Geht’s ohne Gas?

Befreien uns Windräder aus der Abhängigkeit von Putin? Die Energieversorgung des Westens ist Thema der Grazer Wirtschaftsgespräche am 10. Mai.

Na Mahlzeit!

Fritz Treiber serviert Fakten über gesundes Essen leicht bekömmlich.

Runter vom Gas

Uni Graz unterstützt auf dem Weg zur Klimaneutralität.

Was ist Carbon Management?

Carbon Management bietet Organisationen die Möglichkeit mithilfe eines innovativen Lösungsansatzes ein zielorientiertes Klimaschutz-Management zu etablieren und ist der Erfolgstreiber zur Klimaneutralität.

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