CO2 neutral by 2030

All activities of Utrecht University impact the environment. That is why we want to reduce our environmental impact. By 2030, the operational management of UU will be CO2 neutral. 

How are we going to do that?

  • By reducing the direct CO2 exhaust caused by our own sources within the organisation.
  • The indirect CO2 exhaust, caused by the electricity or warmth we bought and used, will be reduced to zero.
  • By reducing the indirect CO2 exhaust, caused by corporate activities of organisations UU collaborates with, such as service providers and suppliers.
  • By only compensating for CO2 exhaust if reduction it is not financially or technologically feasible.
  • By investing in construction and renovation projects to make buildings sustainable: healthy, circular and energy generating.
  • By using solar panels, solar fields and solar carports.
  • By procuring 100 % green energy generated by windmills in the Netherlands.

Energy strategy

Science and education require energy now and in the future. Utrecht University's energy consumption is high and causes by far the most CO2 emissions produced by Utrecht University. How do we ensure that we can continue to meet energy and heat demand in the future?

Read more about the energy strategy here

A carbon-neutral energy supply

Utrecht University wants to be CO2-neutral by 2030 and natural gas-free by 2040. In this video you can see how we want to achieve these goals.


Utrecht University aims to be climate neutral by 2030. Every year since 2014, the university has published the greenhouse gas emissions caused by its activities. The total CO2 emissions in 2022 were 30,680 tonnes. 

CO2 footprint

Future-proof buildings

Utrecht University aims to be carbon-neutral by 2030. Realizing future-proof buildings will contribute to this goal. Future-proof buildings are essential in developing a sustainable, vital and affordable campus.

We focus on the following specific topics:

More information