From eco-conscious printing to movement sensors, the UvA is working to make its operations sustainable. We’ve adopted a sustainable approach to construction, building management, energy management, transportation, purchasing and consumption.
Students and staff are eager to work sustainably. It is the UvA's job to create the conditions that will foster sustainable behaviour within the academic community and help us realise key objectives such as CO2 reduction.
As a public institution, we need to lead by example. We have set out a number of key sustainability targets that fit with our institutional profile as a university. The emphasis is on responsible consumption of energy and paper, and sustainable construction and renovations.
Key objectives in terms of environmental policies and operational management include:
We aim to achieve a 20% improvement in energy efficiency in 2020, compared to 2005. Over the 2005-2016 period, our primary energy consumption per student dropped by 31 %, a major improvement.
We’re also reducing energy use by improving the energy characteristics of our buildings during maintenance, renovations and new construction efforts. All renovation and new construction work aims at energy efficiency levels that exceed mandatory targets by 10%.
In terms of generating our own sustainable energy supply, we have installed solar panels on buildings at the Amsterdam Business School, the Faculty of Science and Amsterdam University College, among others.
By 2020, we aim to reduce our CO₂ emissions per student by 85% compared to 2010. Reductions have already been achieved through various energy efficiency measures including transitioning to 100% Dutch wind power.
We are working to apply government criteria for sustainable procurement, including social procurement, and we regularly exchange information on sustainable procurement with other higher education institutions.
Our campuses serve as a testing ground for sustainable innovations. Working with local government and businesses, the UvA is carrying out an original and ambitious series of sustainability projects. Some examples:
The Environmental Barometer (Milieubarometer) is an annual report that makes an organization’s environmental performance easily accessible through tables and graphs.