All activities of the university result in CO2 emissions. The biggest contributors to the total CO2 emission of Erasmus University Rotterdam are commuting travel to and from the campus and business travel. Our aim is to reduce work towards a CO2 neutral campus in 2024.
The EUR is a co-signatory to the Climate Agreement and seeks to reduce its CO2 emissions compared to 1990 by taking energy-saving measures. One of the measures is the use of green electricity with no emissions attached. For this purpose, the EUR buys Guarantees of Origin from Dutch wind energy. In addition, the EUR buys Carbon Credits - credits generated by CO2 reduction projects - to compensate for the emissions of heat consumption. The EUR's sustainable mobility policy also aims to reduce emissions from transport.
The university publishes a carbon footprint every year. The reports with the results from 2020 to 2015 can be downloaded below. For 2020, the total CO2 emissions of the university have been determined to be 5,866.3 tonnes. This equates to a footprint per student of 0.2 tonnes of CO2. Compared to 2019, total emissions have decreased by approximately 9,250.2 tonnes and the footprint per student has decreased by 0.3 tonnes. Across the board, 61% less CO2 was emitted compared to 2019. The main reason for this reduction is the Covid-19 pandemic and the resulting greatly reduced activity on campus. The carbon footprint for 2021 will be finalised and published in the first quarter of 2021.