Utrecht University is working on a campus where sustainability is seen, felt and experienced by everyone.

For instance by building circularly and renovating, increasing the biodiversity, reducing the energy and water use and reducing waste, we are working on a sustainable campus together. We connect knowledge on sustainability from education and research to our operational management. And we use our own operational management, buildings and grounds for academic research. With our operational management, we provide contributions to over half of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): from the theme of climate action to the theme of gender equality.

With regard to ecological goals, our focus is on three sustainable development goals:

  • CO2 neutral by 2030
  • Zero Waste by 2030
  • Increasing biodiversity


Learn more about our goals of equality, diversity and inclusion.

Sustainable Operational Management Goals

Our concrete goals in the field of sustainable operational management:

  • increase biodiversity on campus
  • increasing support for biodiversity
  • sharing knowledge about biodiversity
  • 50 % less CO2 exhaust from passenger traffic by 2030
  • sustainable catering on campus
  • reduction and reuse of water
  • 100 % circular procurement by 2030
  • reducing, reusing and recycling waste
  • realising circular buildings

Sustainable Plan of Operations (Dutch)

How will UU make its own operations more sustainable?

Sustainable Plan of Operations

Future-proof Utrecht Science Park

Utrecht University is preparing the Utrecht Science Park for the future. In this video we explain in less than two minutes how we are going to do this: more greenery, future-proof buildings and a sustainable energy supply.