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Roadmap

TU Graz has drawn up a fully comprehensive greenhouse gas (GHG) balance, from the university infrastructure to the mobility behaviour of all employees. Based on this GHG balance, a roadmap was defined with numerous individual measures to achieve climate neutrality within the next decade.

Bundle of Measures of TU Graz by 2030:

Graphical representation of the greenhouse gas balance of TU Graz and reduction measures by 2030.

TU Graz greenhouse gas balance 2017
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Graphical representation of the greenhouse gas balance of TU Graz and recution measures by 2030.

TU Graz is working to achieve its climate goals with an intelligent bundle of measures across central areas of university activity.
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Roadmap to Net Zero TU Graz 2030 - First Progress Report to the Rectorate (in German, Status: 17.12.2021)

Grafische Darstellung der Treibhausgasbilanzen der TU Graz 2017 und 2020 in den Bereichen Energie, Mobilität und Material/IT.

Comparison of the greenhouse gas balances of TU Graz 2017 and 2020 (Scope 1,2 and 3)
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Mobility Management

2 people on TU Graz bikes

Mobility Management

The award-winning mobility management of TU Graz, which is based on the promotion of cycling and public transport, is being further promoted and the incentives for switching to soft forms of mobility are being further increased.

Already, a record-breaking 40 percent of all employees at TU Graz ride their bikes to work. In the future, the TU Graz bicycle campaign will be expanded to include the promotion of e-bikes, cargo bikes and folding bikes, the expansion of the bicycle path network around the campus will be promoted together with the City of Graz, and additional covered bicycle parking facilities will be built at all campus locations. For electric cars, more than 200 e-charging stations will be installed on campus and the e-car sharing service will be further expanded.

The use of public transport by TU Graz employees is promoted by subsidies for the Graz annual ticket, the Klimaticket Styria and the Klimaticket Austria. In the future, parking permits for the three campus locations will be issued according to tougher guidelines – except for social reasons – and a climate protection fee is charged for parking fossil-fuelled vehicles.

Mobility Management of TU Graz (in German)

Graphical representation of the modal split of commuting employees, city of Graz vs. communting employees, TU Graz.

Share of means of transport of commuting TU Graz employees vs. commuting employees in Graz
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Graphical representation of the modal split of commuters in education, city of Graz vs. communting students, TU Graz.

Share of means of transport of commuting TU Graz students vs. commuters in education in Graz
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Energy

Buildings of TU Graz

Energy

In energy management, TU Graz focuses on energy savings by increasing efficiency and on the production of green energy on- and off-campus. For example, roof areas at Campus Inffeldgasse are being equipped with photovoltaic systems on a large scale and participation in external PV systems and wind farms is being examined. In addition, TU Graz is gradually – and from 2025 onwards exclusively – procuring electricity from 100 percent ecolabel 46-certified renewable and regional sources. Heat pumps and geothermal energy storage systems are used in new buildings, and the use of waste heat, for example from large computer systems, is being optimized. With these measures alone, TU Graz achieves an emission reduction of over 12,000 tCO2e per year.

The Inffeldgasse Campus will become a Living Lab for energy systems of the future, referred to as the Innovation District Inffeld.

Energiepolitik 2021+ (in German)

Addition of photovoltaics at TU Graz and the respective total generation capacity in kWpeak

Addition of photovoltaics at TU Graz
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Business Trips

Man boards a train

Business Trips

According to the motto Stay grounded, but keep connected, a cultural change at TU Graz is aimed at further reducing the number of business trips.

Employees will be able to call up their individual carbon footprint via their own monitoring tool, and wherever it makes sense and is possible, video conferences will replace business trips. Air travel is to be kept to a minimum; for travel within Europe, rail travel is to be preferred to air and car travel.

The use of trains, long-distance buses and overnight trains will be financially supported by TU Graz in order to avoid short- and medium-haul flights as far as possible, and a climate protection charge will be introduced on air travel. The goal is to reduce CO2 emissions caused by air travel by TU Graz employees on business trips by 50 percent by 2030.

 

Graphical representation of the CO2 emissions of different means of transport during business trips.

Comparison of means of transport for business trips, international staff and student mobility
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New Buildings

Buildings of TU Graz

New Buildings

For new buildings, TU Graz, in cooperation with Bundesimmobiliengesellschaft BIG (the public-sector property management company), is focusing on the climate-optimized construction of sustainable university buildings based on the position paper of the Alliance of Sustainable Universities in Austria. This provides for the integration of sustainability and climate neutrality right from the start of university construction projects, for example, as well as a life-cycle assessment and the climate-optimizing renovation of existing buildings. Greening measures at all TU Graz campus locations complete the plans.

Materials / IT / Cafeteria

2 students in the canteen

Materials / IT / Cafeteria

In future, the canteens (Mensen) will increasingly switch to low-GHG food, paper will be saved by means of a digital by default strategy and the useful life of IT equipment will be extended to at least six years.

Compensation

2 people in a lab

Compensation

TU Graz provides compensation models with regard to unavoidable GHG emissions. These range from start-up funding for emission-reducing research projects to projects to sequester CO2 from the atmosphere.