Energy conservation

Utrecht University wants to contribute maximally to solving the climate problem. It strives to be CO2 neutral in 2030. It works on a green campus where science and education are front and centre. This requires a reliable energy provision. 

The energy use of Utrecht University causes by far the most CO2 exhaust produced by the university. By strongly conserving energy and switching to 100 % sustainable energy besides that, it is feasible for Utrecht University to be CO2 neutral in 2030. This is a big assignment that requires devotion from everyone.

Energy-conservation programme

Utrecht University works with an energy-conservation programme that maps out the possibilities for energy conservation and the required measures. Energy conservation is realised from the central operational management, within how the campus is arranged and within faculties. This happens by taking energy-conserving measures in new construction and renovation, during maintenance & management, with focused actions for improvement and good collaboration with the users of the buildings.

Future proof and energy conserving

With new construction and renovation, Utrecht University realises buildings that are future proof. This means that buildings are healthy, circular and energy generating/energy neutral. An example of this is the construction of a new car park near Sportpark Olympos. The car park is the first building in Utrecht Science Park to generate more energy than it uses.

Energy-conserving measures in maintenance projects are described in the Sustainable Multiple-Year Maintenance Plan (Dutch name (duurzaam) meerjarig onderhoudsplan, DMJOP). An example of an energy-conserving measure is the replacing of conventional lighting with LED lighting.


New conservation tool for faculties

The Sustainability Programme and the Energy Department of Utrecht University encourage and advise faculties to use buildings in a more energy-conserving way. The Energy Department is currently developing an energy planning and allocation tool that unites information from use as well as planned and possible energy-conserving actions. This gives faculties even better insight in their energy use per building and where they can conserve energy. The tool is expected to be ready in 2022.

Energy Goals For 2020 Have Been Met

The goals set in the Multiple-years Agreement-3 for 2020 have been met. Utrecht University has realised a 30 % improvement of efficiency compared to the reference year of 2005. The Sustainability Monitor 2020 lists which energy-conserving steps were taken in 2020 and which steps will be taken in 2021 towards a future-proof campus. In 2025, Utrecht University wants to conserve 50 % of energy compared to 2005.

Nieuwbouw parkeergarage P-Olympos naast Sportpark Olympos
Newly constructed P-Olympos: modular, circular and energy generating