The Sustainable Campus: Working towards a Carbon-Neutral University

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Abstract: The main task of a university is to conduct scientific research, accommodate scientific education, and transfer knowledge. Within this environment, new models, approaches, strategies and technologies can be tested and investigated safely. Simultaneously these processes can be monitored, evaluated and adjusted and enhanced when needed. Due to these characteristics, universities and other institutes of higher education can and should be at the forefront of sustainable development and climate action. Universities should pave the way for other organisations, companies, and cities and show how to reach the climate goals. A Vision, Ambition and Action Plan with 5 specific goals for Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) and was adopted by the university’s executive board. In 2030, the university wants all activities on and from the campus to be carbon neutral, circular and climate adaptive, and to contribute to the quality of life for its users and nature and demonstrate sustainable innovations on campus. This paper will show which steps TU Delft has taken to set these ambitions in place and how they want to become a Climate University and example for others. The main elements addressed are Sustainable Operations and Behavioural Change.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMeasuring Net Zero
Subtitle of host publicationCarbon accounting for buildings and communities
EditorsSusan Roaf, William Finlayson
PublisherEcohouse Initative Ltd
Number of pages12
ISBN (Print)978-1-9161876-5-8
Publication statusPublished - 2023
EventICARB 2023: 8th International ICARB Conference on Carbon Accounting - Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 25 Sept 202326 Sept 2023


ConferenceICARB 2023: 8th International ICARB Conference on Carbon Accounting
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


  • Climate action
  • sustainable university
  • campus as a living lab
  • sustainable operations
  • carbon neutral


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