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European Climate Pact





Education and research

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Pathway pledges

Aarhus University's biggest contribution to the fight against climate change is generating knowledge and creating the foundation for new solutions through our degree programmes and research. But as a large institution and a daily workplace for thousands of students and employees, the university also has a responsibility to reduce its climate footprint and promote the climate-friendly development of its operations. For these reasons, Aarhus University has adopted an ambitious climate strategy that commits the university to a significant reduction in carbon emissions from operations. The goal for 2025 is to reduce the university’s CO2 emissions by 35% against a 2018 baseline, and the goal for 2030 is to reduce the university’s C02 emissions by 57% against a 2018 baseline. These ambitious goals live up to the Paris Agreement and the Danish government’s goal of reducing carbon emissions by 70% in 2030 against a 1990 baseline and work towards achieving climate neutrality in 2040. 


Implement an Energy Management System within 10 years and set a related energy productivity target

We are currently reviewing our energy management for optimization.

Status date: Completed (11/07/2022)

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GHG Emissions

Have a supplier/customer engagement target for GHG emissions disclosure

We are hoping to work with other universities across EU for a comprehensive emission inventorying system and GHG management ideas.

Status date: Completed (11/07/2022)

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Have an absolute/intensity emissions reduction target (scope 1+2) with a 5-15 years’ time frame and a 2.1% year-on-year reduction at a minimum

AU will reduce its emissions by 70% in 2030 relative to 1990 to be in line with the Paris Agreement, the Danish Climate Law (70% reduction) and the EU emission reduction target of 55%. 

Status date: Completed (11/07/2022)

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