A green and sustainable university

Research and education in sustainability

Universities have a special position and a responsibility to play a key role in shaping a more sustainable future. The University of Copenhagen therefore focuses on research and education, which contribute to solutions to sustainability and global challenges as expressed in the UN Sustainable Development Goals. This is also prioritised in the University’s strategic plan, Strategy 2023, which focuses on collaboration and social commitment both nationally and globally to address major societal challenges, including those relating to climate and the environment.

To promote research and education initiatives at the University that address the sustainable development of society, UCPH has established a Sustainability Science Centre. The centre facilitates cross-organisation collaboration, liaises with the business community and helps students find relevant programmes and projects in the field of sustainability. The centre also organises sustainability lectures several times a year, where speakers from all over the world present their research on topical sustainability issues.

Read more on the Sustainability Science website

Green campus

The sustainability strategy Green Campus 2020 sets ambitious targets for reduction of UCPH's own energy consumption, CO2 emissions and waste volumes, as well as increase in the recycling rate and making a more sustainable everyday life for staff and students.

The University has already achieved significant results on its climate and energy efforts. Since 2006, the University's CO2 emissions have been reduced by 62 percent per employee/student, while energy consumption has been reduced by 33 percent. The University is working to further reduce consumption and to achieve the targets of the Green Campus 2020 strategy.

Read more on the Green Campus website

The University's CO2-emissions 
per FTE (Full-time equivalent) in tons

The University’s 2020 target is a 65 percent reduction of CO2 emissions per full-time equivalent relative to 2006, corresponding to CO2 emissions per full-time equivalent of a maximum of 0.8 tons in 2020.

The University’s objective and calculated CO2 emissions include energy consumption and work-related transport, including air travelling. The University is working to determine its overall climate footprint.

The increase from 2017 to 2018 was due to the full commissioning of Maersk Tower, a slight decrease in the number of FTEs and the fact that 2018 was not a windy year, which meant less renewable energy in the energy supply.