All activities of the university are responsible for CO2 emissions. The most important contributions to the CO2 emission of the EUR are commuting travel to and from the campus, business air travel and heat consumption. The EUR aims to reduce the CO2 emissions considerably – it has for example joined the Rotterdam Climate Initiative which aims for a 50% CO2 reduction in 2025 compared to 1990 – and strives to reduce the emissions per student as much as possible. In order to realize this reduction, besides the measures to reduce CO2 emissions, the EUR buys Guarantees of Origin of Dutch wind energy to compensate the emissions from electricity consumption. The EUR also buys Carbon Credits – credits that are generate by CO2 reduction projects – in order to compensate the emissions from heat consumption. The sustainable mobility policy also aims to reduce CO2 emissions from commuting travel.
Every year the university publishes a CO2 footprint. The reports with outcomes over 2016 and 2015 can be downloaded below. In 2016 the total CO2 emissions of the university are determined at 11,491 tons. This represents a footprint per student of 0.45 ton CO2. Compared to the CO2 footprint over 2015 the total emissions are decreased by approximately 3,180 tons and the footprint per student has decreased with 0.17 ton. The CO2 footprint for 2017 will be finalized and published shortly.