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Online Event: The 1st ‘Campus Decarbonization Workshop’
Proposed by the GAUC Campus Action Working Group and co-hosted by the University of Tokyo and GAUC, the 1st online Campus Decarbonization Workshop will be held on 11th March 2021 through Zoom Webinar. The event will consist of presentations from eight GAUC member institutions and a discussion session. We are delighted to invite all of you who are interested with our workshop, wish to see you soon!

Campus Decarbonization Workshop focus on sharing challenges and good practices regarding campus decarbonization among GAUC member universities, with heightened awareness of campus management challenges in the post-COVID-19 world. The workshop will focus on the following topics:

• Member university’s CO2 emissions and decarbonization ambitions

• Examples of measures taken to reduce emissions

• Brief outline of member university’s future plans and key areas of focus

• Key challenges and barriers encountered

• How to engage with students on decarbonization efforts.

Through the workshop all participants could share information and study ways to engage with global sustainability efforts. Thereby, assist and encourage GAUC member institutions to develop and implement decarbonization processes suited to their unique circumstances.

Why decarbonizing university campuses are essential?

1.Leading role -University campuses are microcosm of society and Universities can lead the effort of decarbonization of society and provide best practices.

2.Knowledge for action -University is a place that brings together high levels of expertise, and for this reason, universities should be capable of decarbonizing their own campuses.

3.Active communication -The nature of universities as institutions that serves the global public and its links with governments, economies and industries which enables universities to contribute strongly in promoting policies that should be truly prioritized as well as developing and implementing technologies into society.

4.Resources towards the next generations- University campuses are full of active students. And the involving students in decarbonization efforts on campuses would be of great significance in terms of training the next generation of human resources.

Join Us

Date: Thursday, 11 March 2021

Format: Zoom Webinar, 20:00-23:00 (JST) / 11:00-14:00 (GMT)


Agenda (Timeline for JST, Japan Standard Time)
Welcome address
Naoto Sekimura
Vice President, Professor of Department of Nuclear Engineering and Management, The University of Tokyo
LI Zheng
Secretary-General of GAUC, Professor and Executive Vice President, Institute of Climate Change and Sustainable Development (ICCSD), Tsinghua University
UTokyo Sustainable Campus Project (TSCP)
MITSUISHI Mamoru Abstract
Executive Director and Vice President (Environmental Safety), Professor of the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Graduate School of Engineering, The University of Tokyo
Building a green campus in the era of ecological civilization
HUO Huibin Abstract
Deputy Director, Office of General Affairs /Office of Green University Project, Tsinghua University
The ANU Below Zero Initiative
Mark Howden Abstract
Professor and Director, ANU Climate Change Institute, Australian National University
Campus Decarbonisation: Actions at the Indian Institute of Science
S.K. Satheesh Abstract
Professor, Dean (Planning and Infrastructure) and Chair, Divecha Centre for Climate Change, Indian Institute of Science
LSE-Our journey to net-zero carbon
Charles Joly Abstract
Head of Sustainability, London School of Economics and Political Science
Decarbonising a University using Science Based Targets
Joanna ChamberlainAbstract
Head of Sustainability, Estates Division, University of Cambridge
UFRJ Climante Campus
Suzana Kahn Abstract
Professor and Vice Director, COPPE, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro
Path to a Zero-carbon Energy Campus
Kira Stoll Abstract
Chief Sustainability and Carbon Solutions Officer, University of California, Berkeley
MITSUISHI Mamoru (Moderator)
The discussants nominated by each member institutions

We welcome wide participation of all staff and students of GAUC member institutions. Pre-registration will be required, but there will be no fees. We look forward to your attendance!

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The University of Tokyo
UTokyo SustainableCampus Project (TSCP)
The University of Tokyo is one of the largest entity among Japanese higher education institutions in terms of the scale of floor area and energy consumption. In 2008, the UTokyo Sustainable Campus Project (TSCP) was established to promote decarbonization across all campuses and facilities. The Project set a target of 50% reduction of CO2 emission by FY2030 compared to FY2006, focusing mainly on achieving energy efficiency through upgrading and refurbishing facilities, and shifting its energy source from gas to electricity. 14-years of investment based on the TSCP scheme has contributed in reducing the amount of emission constantly each year and has also proved that it pays for itself by significantly reducing the running cost of the facilities. However, in order to meet the target of FY2030 and further contribute to the national goal of achieving carbon free by 2050, more creative and comprehensive approaches should be explored. This presentation will share how TSCP has contributed in decarbonizing UTokyo campuses and how it has highlighted new challenges and opportunities.
Tsinghua University
Building a green campus in the era of ecological civilization
Abstract:In 1998, Tsinghua University has introduced the concept of "Green University", through green education, green technology, and green campus. After more than 20 years of exploration, and continuous improvement for a sustainable-focused curriculum system, and eco-friendly technology achievements, Tsinghua University has achieved notable results for the construction of the green campus. Through exchanges with alliance universities of GAUC, Tsinghua hopes to learn how to further emerge technology to carry out energy-saving and carbon reduction on campus, and how to effectively guide faculty and students to a green lifestyle.
Australian National University
The ANU Below Zero Initiative
Consistent with what the IPCC says is needed to achieve the Paris Agreement goals, the Australian National University is implementing the new Below Zero Initiative which includes the following ambitious targets: 2025 – Net zero emissions for direct and energy related emissions (Scope 1 and 2) and business travel and waste (partial Scope 3), using verified Australian carbon offsets as a back-up. 2030 – Net below zero emissions for direct and energy related emissions (Scope 1 and 2) and business travel and waste (partial Scope 3) using only verified, Australia carbon offsets where necessary. ANU annual emissions would normally be about 140kt CO2-e. Electricity is the largest single emission category but ANU now purchases 98% of this from renewable sources. Gas (mainly for heating) and travel are the next largest sources. The former is being addressed by electrification and potentially waste energy use, the latter is being addressed via revision of the travel policy but will likely remain a stubbornly net source for the foreseeable future. New buildings are being designed to reduce their lifetime GHG footprint and an integrated campus energy management strategy has been developed to provide systemic solutions. A comprehensive staff and student survey and consultation process have been implemented which has revealed widespread and deep concern about climate change, strong support for the Below Zero Initiative and a great set of ideas for reducing emissions. A series of task forces are addressing behavioural change, land management and travel policy. As well as operational changes, we are looking to integrate Below Zero into research and teaching across ANU.
Indian Institute of Science
Campus Decarbonisation: Actions at the Indian Institute of Science
As a partner in the Global Alliance of Universities on Climate (GAUC), the focus areas of the Indian Institute of Science are Campus Action and Outreach Activities. There are various activities being pursued at the institute towards decarbonisation. These include (a) plan to replace diesel with natural gas as fuel (80%) for most of the diesel generators on campus (b) roof top solar power plants with an objective to meet nearly one third of our power requirement (c) replacing older air conditioners (which consume more power than usual) with new air conditioners and (d) plans for establishing electric vehicle charging stations. Objective of such actions are to make the campus green. We frequently interact with school children to make them aware about the consequences of climate change and the urgent need to follow sustainable pathways. Our actions to encourage environmental friendly practices, awareness and training programs, and outreach activities will be discussed.
London School of Economics and Political Science
LSE - Our Journey to Net-zero Carbon

LSE is a world leading international university located in the heart of London. We educate around 11,900 students from 133 countries, employ around 3,300 members of staff, and manage 30 campus buildings and 8 halls of residence.

Creating a Sustainable LSE is a key commitment of LSE’s 2030 strategy, and reaching net-zero carbon integral to our Sustainability Strategic Plan. LSE takes a systematic approach to measure, reduce and mitigate its carbon emissions. We have been measuring our scope 1 and 2 carbon emissions since 2005 and quantifying our indirect scope 3 emissions is an ongoing project.

LSE’s carbon footprint for scope 1 and 2 emissions, linked to our use of energy, was 7,069 tonnes CO2e in 2019/20, a reduction of 46 per cent since 2005. This was the result of grid decarbonisation in the UK and over £4.8million of investment in energy efficiency projects across campus. LSE’s target is to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2030 for scope 1 and 2, and 2050 at the latest across all scopes, by adopting a challenging carbon reduction pathway aligned to climate science.

In addition to carbon reduction efforts, LSE will also this year mitigate the impacts of its residual emissions, by continuing to source 100% of the electricity we buy from renewable sources (e.g. solar and wind) and fund high-quality certified offsets schemes in the UK or abroad, making LSE the first carbon neutral university in the UK.

University of Cambridge
Decarbonising a University using Science Based Targets

The University of Cambridge has set a Science Based Target (SBT) committing itself to reduce its scope 1 and 2 emissions to absolute zero by 2048, with an aspiration to be a decade ahead of its decarbonisation pathway at all times and to reach zero-carbon by 2038. SBTs are developed using models that calculate the level of carbon reduction a particular organisation needs to achieve in order to do its ‘fair share’ in reducing global emissions. As their starting point, the models reflect the amount by which global emissions need to be reduced to ensure that the goals set out in the 2015 Paris Agreement are achieved.

The programme of works to achieve this ambitious target includes:

· looking at options to eliminate gas used for heating;

· developing renewables on University land;

· sourcing all electricity from zero carbon sources;

· energy efficiency improvements across the estate.

In addition to outlining the approach being taken by the University of Cambridge, this presentation will discuss the challenges involved including the setting of boundaries in a complex and highly devolved governance structure. It will also cover the opportunities and challenges that Covid-19 presents for advancing the University’s carbon reduction agenda.

Keywords: science based target; zero-carbon; policies; eliminating ga

Federal University of Rio de Janeiro
Sustainable Campus Project of UFRJ

UFRJ’s history dates back to the beginning of the 19th century and is filled with remarkable scientific, cultural, and artistic accomplishments. It is currently the 3rd best university in Brazil and the 7th best university in Latin America (QS Rankings – 2018).

With many campuses and faculties scattered around Rio de Janeiro State, it comprises institutes, schools, and other facilities, including museums, hospitals, and the third largest ocean basin in the world for research on offshore oil exploitation. It houses the Alberto Luiz Coimbra Institute for Graduate Studies and Engineering Research (Coppe), the largest engineering teaching and research center in Latin America.

Coppe – is Latin America’s largest center for research and education in engineering. It was founded in 1963 by the engineer Alberto Luiz Coimbra. With Coppe, Coimbra contributed to the introduction of graduate studies in Brazil. The institution has awarded more than 13 thousand masters and doctors’ degrees from its 13 departments. Based on three pillars – academic excellence; full-time faculty and students, and commitment to society –, Coppe has distinguished itself by producing knowledge, highly qualified professionals, and innovative teaching methods. With all that, Coppe has become a model for other universities and research institutes across the country. Leading one of the projects of UFRJ named as “Sustainable Campus”. focus on the diffusion of new disruptive sustainable technologies and improve environmental indicators. To contributes to building of a sustainable society through education, research, collaborating with the society and campus development.

University of California, Berkeley
Path to a Zero-Carbon Energy Campus
The University of California, Berkeley has ambitious carbon reductions targets including carbon neutral energy by 2025 and carbon-free energy use by 2035. Ninety percent (90%) of UC Berkeley’s energy (steam and electricity) is provided by an inefficient and aging natural gas cogeneration plant that will require significant investment in the next five years. UC Berkeley’s carbon reduction targets coupled with this near-term need to replace the plant has led to the study of a decarbonized and electrified/renewable energy system for the campus. This talk will share UCB’s current carbon-reducing strategies, the zero-carbon energy system options under consideration, financial implications and emerging partnerships. This presentation will also highlight other important goals of this path to a zero-carbon energy campus including opportunities to provide cutting edge research and living lab learning and demonstrating a replicable and scalable model for higher education and other institutions.

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