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The UG aims to be climate neutral and future proof. This means we will have to give a concerted effort towards energy efficiency, reduction of water use and an increase in our own energy production.

Being careful and sustainable about energy is one of the most important points in the sustainability policy of the UG. We measure the use of energy per square metre, which you can read in the Environmental Performance Indicators. One of the ways to be more sustainable in our energy-use is the use of geothermal heat pumps, and only building the highest grade of sustainable new buildings.

Ambitions Sustainability Roadmap

➔ In accordance with statutory requirements, 2% energy saving per year

➔ All offices (buildings) to energy label C by 2023 and to label A by 2030

➔ Newly constructed buildings and alterations in accordance with BENG (almost
energy-neutral buildings)

➔ In 2026, 25% of energy from own renewable sources:
◆ 2.5% from solar panels
◆ 22.5% ATES (Aquifer thermal energy storage), realized and new

➔ Implement VSNU Roadmap:
◆ gas-free Zernike by 2026
◆ aim for BREEAM standard ‘excellent’

A further translation of the Dutch side of this page will follow soon.

Last modified:14 February 2022 11.22 a.m.
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