MU Carbon Footprint

In accordance with its Strategic Plan 2021-2028, Masaryk University was one of the first universities in the Czech Republic to start monitoring its carbon footprint with the aim of rational reduction. The carbon footprint is a measure of the impact of human activity on the environment and in particular on climate change and is an indirect indicator of the consumption of energy, products and services, measuring the amount of greenhouse gases that correspond to a particular activity or product.

The largest contributors to MU's carbon footprint are predominantly energy consumption (mainly electricity) and also employee travel (business and commuting). MU will therefore work to further reduce its carbon footprint in these areas in particular in line with its responsible approach.

Link to the MU Strategic Plan 2021-2028

Vision 2028:

A university that is an inspiring community which, in its principles and daily activities, fully respects and fulfils the principles of social responsibility and contributes to meeting the Sustainable Development Goals, in accordance with which it leads its students and employees.

Section "Institution Management and Infrastructure":

Strategic objectives contributing to addressing sustainable development challenges:

  • In accordance with the principles of sustainable development, manage energy resources, water and waste and strengthen
    informed management enabling the efficient use of the built
    premises as well as property management.

Selected measures:

  • Monitoring the University's carbon and overall environmental footprint and taking action to reduce it.
  • Expansion and optimisation of CAFM (Computer Aided Facility Management) for the efficient operation of university buildings, including space management.
  • Implementation of active infrastructure energy management to strengthen its efficient use.
  • Implementation and development of the MU BMS (Building Management System) and related methodologies within capital
    construction and repairs to
    university buildings.

Operation of the University According to Sustainable Development Principles:

  • Creation and implementation of a responsible public procurement strategy taking into account economic, environmental and social concerns, including the application of qualitative criteria.
  • Creation and implementation of strategies for energy, water and waste management.
  • Implementation of systemic measures to reduce the volume of non recyclable waste produced, to increase the share renewable energy sources used, for saving water, the use of rainwater and the use of grey water.
  • Producing clear principles of efficient and responsible management of energy and water and motivation of students and
    employees to comply with them.
  • Reducing the energy consumption of buildings and modernising related technological equipment.

Proposals to further reduce MU's carbon footprint:

Inspire others and lead by example. Write to us with your suggestions and recommendations for reduction of carbon footprint in your faculty or workplace.

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