The University of Gothenburg's Climate Strategy objective is to:
reduce total carbon dioxide emissions by the year 2015 by at least 20 percent compared with 2008 levels,
reduce total energy usage by 10 per cent for the same period.
This is being achieved mainly through energy efficiency measures, and by adapting business travel in line with climatic and environmental considerations.
By the end of 2013 the target was almost reached with a reduction of total carbon emissions by 19 per cent as compared to the baseline year 2008. Total energy use is reduced by 15 per cent, excessing the 10 per cent goal. For 2013 as compared to 2012, energy usage was reduced by 7 per cent giving economic savings equivalent to 430 000 euros or almost 600 000 US dollars, and a reduction of carbon dioxide emissions by 3 per cent.
ISCN 2014 Award for "Excellence in Campus"
The Climate strategy is unique at the University of Gothenburg as it is a university-wide strategy, including faculty, administration and management. With the support of it’s Environmental Management System, the University of Gothenburg manages climate action with a systematic approach, both in implementation and follow-up.
The Climate strategy is comprehensive, including all three ISCN charter principles: