Carbon Footprint of the University of Turku

The University´s project group for carbon neutrality has estimated the University´s carbon footprint for the years 2018, 2019 and 2020. In 2018, the carbon footprint was approximately 23 140 tonnes CO2 equivalent and in 2019, 21 680 tonnes CO2 equivalent. In 2020 the carbon footprint was 10,500 tCO2eq.

 

 

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