Carbon Footprint of the University of Turku

The Working Group for carbon neutrality working group of the University of Turku has evaluated the carbon footprint of the university for the fourth time. The carbon footprint for 2021 was only 5 610 tCO2.

Total carbon footprint (CO2 T / year)

Carbon Footprint of 2021 by source

The University of Turku has raised awareness of sustainable choices in its community. However, this alone does not explain the reduction in emissions, but significant factors have already been, in the past, the compensation procedures of Finnish University Properties Ltd and the reduction of work travel due to a the Covd-19 pandemic. For buildings, emissions per floor space have also decreased. The same coefficients have so far been used also in other buildings than those owned by SYK. Finnish University Properties Ltd The overall footprint of travelling also decreased further and represented in 2021 only xx11 % of the emissions caused by travelling in 2018..

A significant decrease in total emissions between 2020 and 2021 emerged or was caused? also due to the introduction or use? of new emission factors by the University of Turku for research-related procurement. This The use of new emission factors relates to the national harmonisation of calculations. Research equipment and laboratory supplies make up almost 60% of the carbon footprint.

Carbon Footprint of 2020 by source


In 2020 Carbon Footprint of the University of Turku was 10 500 tCO2 which was about half of the total of the previous year. The carbon footprint of properties (1 220 tCO2eq), travel (1 350 tCO2eq) and research (7890 t CO2eq). Other contributors were minor. Compared to the previous years, the carbon footprint of 2020 was significantly low, circa 10 500 tCO2eq.The emissions of premises reduced significantly after the University Properties of Finland Ltd began compensating their emissions and this has resulted in the premises being carbon neutral. In addition to the emissions compensations by the University Properties of Finland Ltd, the mild winter of 2020 as well the changes promoting sustainable development in the industry had an impact on the decrease in the carbon footprint of the properties. The carbon footprint of travel dropped significantly due to the coronavirus situation while the carbon footprint of research increased a little.


Carbon Footprint of 2019 by source

In 2019, the carbon footprint of the University was 21 680 tonnes CO2 equivalent. The most significat contributors of carbon dioxide emission were properties (6830 tCO2eq), travel (7210 t CO2eq), and research (6560 tCO2eq). Other contributors were minor. District heating caused majority of the carbon footprint of the properties, and in travel, most of the emissions come from flights. The carbon footprint of research is caused by research equipment (3250 t CO2eq) and chemicals and laboratory materials (2900 tCO2eq).



Carbon Footprint of 2018 by source