Goals 2019 - 2021
Building on the 2018 database (see "Status 2018"), the University of Basel developed goals and actions for the 2019-2021 timeframe to strengthen the sustainable use of resources and materials. These include, for example, switching power procurement from predominantly nuclear power to hydropower, implementing a new energy management and monitoring system, and giving greater priority to sustainability criteria in procurement. All goals and actions of the focus area “Resource & materials” are listed and explained in the overview table (see link box) on page 8 and 9.
As a large-scale consumer, the University of Basel is part of a wide range of energy and resource cycles. Energy is used in the form of electricity, heat and cooling and is sourced from the European and national electricity grid as well as from local district heating and district cooling networks. Among other things, energy use generates greenhouse gases, which were included in the first calculation of the energy-related CO2 footprint for the University of Basel. A high percentage of water is consumed for the cooling of laboratories, devices and materials used in research. Sustainability aspects also include the procurement of products, materials and services as well as management of recyclables and hazardous waste.