With an aim of carbon neutrality in estate operations by 2040, the University of Oslo has ambitious targets for cutting the environmental footprint of the university.

Buildings account for a third of all greenhouse gas emissions and 40 percent of the world’s energy use. Therefore, efficient use of space is important for the University of Oslo’s work regarding the environment and sustainability. When we talk about sustainable buildings, we are referring to energy use, material usage, waste management, transport and pollution.

The Environmental and Climate Change Strategy for UiO’s Estate Operations is action-oriented, sets targets and identifies measures within nine areas from greenhouse gas emissions to how procurement can support climate change.

Overarching targets for 2040 include achieving climate neutrality in estate operations by 2040, reducing UiO’s energy usage per square meter by 40% and ensuring emissions-free transport relating to UiO’s estate operations.

When it comes to procurement, the university is aiming to use their purchasing power to create environmental benefits and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, for example by targeting non-toxic building products and materials with a documented low carbon footprint.

The university also aims to halve the amount of waste and boost material recycling to 80%.

The university intends to create a culture to promote environmental results, build upon their green expertise and put systems in place that assist and highlight environmental work.

Read the full strategy or get in touch with the University of Oslo through their profile page.

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