Carbon neutral universities community
Tampere Universities have pledged to become carbon neutral by 2030. Both Tampere University and Tampere University of Applied Sciences have made this commitment. 2030 is also the Tampere region’s target year for achieving carbon neutrality.
Carbon footprint calculations
Calculating the carbon footprint of the Tampere Universities is a central step towards carbon neutrality. The first carbon footprint calculation covered the year 2019, and its results were finalised in autumn 2020.
The overall carbon footprint of Tampere Universities is 29 000 tCO2eqv (metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalents). In 2019, over 90% of the emissions are formed in the three largest categories, which include travel (41%), properties (27%) and research infrastructure (23%). The three other subcategories, procurement of IT-devices (5%), procurement of goods and services (4%), and events (1%), produce less than 10% of the total emissions.
In the future, the calculation process will be repeated annually. The Carbon Neutral Universities group, which includes representatives from different functions of the Universities, supports the calculation task.
In addition to the footprint calculations, the carbon neutrality work continues with mapping and impelementing ways to reduce the footprint. Along with this, discussions about compensations concerning the remaining footprint will be started. Moreover, a roadmap is drafted to support the carbon neutrality work.
Solutions for the renewal of sustainable society
We are committed to promoting sustainable development in our research, development and innovation activities and to finding solutions for the sustainable renewal of society.