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.
Erasmus University Rotterdam 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 realise this reduction, besides the measures to reduce CO2 emissions, Erasmus University Rotterdam buys Guarantees of Origin of Dutch wind energy to compensate the emissions from electricity consumption. The EUR also buys Carbon Credits – credits that are generated by CO2 reduction projects – in order to compensate the emissions from heat consumption. Erasmus University Rotterdam also aims to reduce CO2 emissions caused by commuting travel.
Every year the university publishes a CO2 footprint. The reports from 2015 until 2018 can be downloaded below. In 2018 the total CO2 emissions of the university was determined at 14,572 tons. This represents a footprint per student of 0,5 ton CO2. Compared to the CO2 footprint over 2017 the total emissions increased by approximately 2634 tons and the footprint per student has increased with 0,06 tons (67 kg). The CO2 footprint for 2019 will be finalised and published shortly.