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CASE 2 ESTABLISHING THE GREEN CAMPUS OFFICE SIT Y   UNIVER AGEN  H N E P OF  CO

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DIFFICULTY OF IMPLEMENTATION

In 2008, the University of Copenhagen (UCPH) established the Green Campus Office to develop strategies for sustainability activities and within the first six months, two key targets for energy efficiency and CO2 reduction were approved by management. These became the office’s main focus in the following years,  with the goal of a 20% reduction of CO2  emissions and energy consumption per fulltime equivalent in 2013 compared to 2006 levels . This gave UCPH just five years to set up the organisation and identify the necessary activities and investments. Retrofitting laboratory buildings is particularly challenging as these projects are usually quite complicated and need to be coordinated closely with research activities that must not be jeopardised. However, this short timeline also created a sense of urgency, which enabled a strict focus on activities that contribute to bottom-line results on energysavings and CO2 reduction. The Green Campus Office develops strategies, action plans and policies which are then approved by the Campus Steering Committee along with decisions on investment/ funding of the activities.  From 2009-2013, management allocated approximately USD 25 million in energy efficiency and CO 2 reduction activities, resulting in savings of approximately USD 7 million annually , as well as additional major decisions on district cooling and energy efficiency in new buildings. The Green Campus Office publishes an annual report on progress toward achieving its stated sustainability targets. The target was achieved in 2013:  CO2  emissions were reduced by 28.8% and energy consumption by 20.4% per full time equivalent employee and student .

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SUSTAINABLE CAMPUS ORGANISATION


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