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CO2 Reduction

Cornerstones of CAU's multi-track strategy for the reduction of energy-related CO2-emissions:

Figure: The development of energy-related CO2 emissions (in tonnes) since 1995 and the savings achieved by 2020 (The value for 2020 is projected).
It is to be expected that by 2020, the CAU will succeed in reducing energy-related CO2 emissions by 85% compared to 1995. This means that the political CO2 reduction target has been exceeded by far, despite increasing student numbers.
To reduce CAU's carbon footprint to zero, various reduction strategies and scenarios are being developed for the fields of energy, mobility and operational processes. Unavoidable CO2 emissions must be ecologically compensated from a certain point in time.
1. Reducing energy consumption
The initial internal target of reducing energy consumption by 10% by 2020 compared to 2013 has been achieved. Energy-related CO2 emissions have thus been reduced by around 5,000 tonnes per year.
2. Procurement of green electricity
In 2018, CAU started using green electricity from renewable energy sources for the main campus, and since 2020, also for the Technical Faculty. By purchasing green electricity, around 13,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions were avoided since 2018. Since 2020, CO2 emissions could be reduced by an additional 3,000 tonnes.
3. Procurement of thermal energy
The CO2 emissions associated with district heating have been halved to around 3,500 tonnes per year with the commencement of operations at the new Kiel coastal power plant at the beginning of 2020. Consequently, the currently remaining energy-related CO2 emissions amount to around 4,000 tonnes.