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Roadmap 2015 – 2020


As a socially responsible institution, the University of Groningen has set itself the goal of promoting sustainable development in every aspect of University operations. This includes sustainable development in teaching and research, as well as excelling in sustainable business operations. In addition, the University hopes to set an inspiring example, promoting sustainability in a transparent way and actively involving and facilitating students in sustainable activities.


University of Groningen healthy and strives to be CO2 neutral by 2020

This will be achieved by working to establish an inspiring, healthy, sustainable environment in which staff and students can work, study and live. The path towards a CO2-neutral university in 2020 will require huge efforts in terms of efficient energy consumption and increased energy production from renewable sources. To realize this goal, we have established the following sub-goals in the area of People, Planet and Performance:

People: University of Groningen will be healthy and dynamic by 2020

  • promote the long-term employability of staff
  • promote inclusiveness
  • focus on vitality and empowerment of students and staff
  • promote long-term mobility

Planet: University of Groningen strives to be CO2-neutral by 2020

  • at least 30% improvement in energy efficiency by 2020 compared with 2005
  • at least 25% of energy produced by our own renewable sources by 2020
  • water consumption ≤ 2008 by 2020
  • 15% reduction in total waste production by 2020 compared with 2005
  • at least 70% of waste separated by 2020
  • BREEAM excellent will be the norm for new building and renovation work wherever possible
  • ecological management of university premises, with consideration for users

Performance: University of Groningen will be aware of and responsible for from profits to value by 2020

  • integrate sustainability into the teaching curricula and research projects
  • aim for 100% sustainable purchasing, with consideration for working conditions and human rights
  • improve communication with staff and students about sustainability, by promoting and supporting events, symposia, lectures and courses relating to sustainability

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