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Ongoing climate efforts at SDU

In connection with the preparation of the climate plan for SDU, the measures will be revisited and the need for further measures will be assessed. This will take place in connection with the annual follow-ups.

Below, the initiatives are divided into campus (incl. waste), transport and procurement, which are the areas where we expect the greatest potential for reducing the University’s carbon footprint.

CAMPUS

Focus on reducing CO2 emissions in connection with new construction and renovation work as well as operation and use of buildings and outdoor areas, including a reduction in the amount of waste and an increase in the proportion of waste that is sorted and recycled.

Efforts

Status

Energy optimisation of ventilation and heating systems, establishment of solar cells on flat roofs, replacement of lighting systems and better control of heat as needed.

Completed



Continued focus on energy optimisation in the form of shutting down equipment on standby and using sensors that time limit power consumption on equipment and in buildings.

In progress



In 2020, SDU joined the DGNB certification. DGNB is a German certification scheme which creates a common starting point for measuring and assessing sustainable construction.

Completed



Laboratories are intensively consuming in terms of energy and resources. Through a pilot project, SDU is therefore trying to develop a sustainable laboratory culture in connection with a certification process.

Pilot project



Waste at SDU is sorted into 32 fractions when Technical Services handles e.g. food waste from SDU’s canteens; buildings that sort different building materials and SDU IT that sorts IT scrap, cables etc.

Completed



SDU is currently carrying out a pilot project, where employees, students and guests must sort their own waste into four fractions: bio and food waste, paper and cardboard, glass and metal and residual waste.

Pilot project

PROCUREMENT

Focus on reducing CO2 emissions from procurement of goods and services and shaping the market by demanding climate-friendly goods and services as well as responsible investments.

Efforts

Status

SDU is the first Danish university to join The Partnership for Public Green Procurement, which will ensure sustainability in our procurements in the future.

Completed



In 2020, SDU adopted a new sustainable procurement policy and strategy, which will be backed by a completely new procurement system: TrueTrade.

Completed



Through procurement for the operation of the cafeterias at SDU’s premises, SDU makes demands on the cafeteria tenants for sustainability and a green footprint including limited food waste.

Completed



In its investment policy, SDU emphasises that the University’s asset managers are signatories of UN PRI with a focus on social and environmental sustainability and responsibility governance.

Completed

TRANSPORT

Focus on reducing CO2 emissions in connection with work-related trips and the daily transport to and from the University.

Efforts

Status

Phasing out of the University’s diesel and petrol-driven fleet in favour of vehicles that use climate-friendly fuels.

In progress



Setting up charging stations for employees’, students’ and guests’ electric or hybrid cars.

Scheduled



Promoting carpooling, the use of public transport and biking as means of transport

In progress


Last Updated 28.07.2021