Sustainability

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UHasselt puts sustainability first in its education, research and services as well as in its further development and growth. Join our efforts to make UHasselt more sustainable.

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STOP! How do you get to campus?

Opt for walking, biking, public transport or maybe you can carpool?Read all about the UHasselt mobility policy.

Join the Green Office!

Veggie or vegan, plastic-free, climate, ... Want to get to know other students who are interested in this and want to take action? Want to create your own sustainable initiative? Try the Green Office UHasselt!

Opt for the train for destinations that can be reached under 8 hours by rail

UHasselt encourages staff and students to travel sustainable. Here are some usefull sites:

UHasselt staff can consult the sustainable travel policy here.

FUTURE Proef Award

Have you written a bachelor of masterthesis around sustainability?Then compete for  the FUTURE Proef Award.

Sustainable suppliers

UHassel puts sustainability first in its education, research and services as well as in its further development and growth. We ask our suppliers to contribute to a sustainable UHasselt. Read more about the sustainability policy for suppliers here.

Alliance of European universities on responsible consumption and production

UHasselt is a proud member the EURECA-PRO alliance of 9 like-minded European universities on responsible consumption and production. Together we aim to enable students and staff to study, teach and research in the field of responsible consumption and production.

Sustainability?

The UHasselt is setting its sights on achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. The donut is our moral compass for our sustainability policy. Read more about it below.

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Sustainable Development Goals?
An end to extreme poverty, inequality, injustice and climate change. That is the core of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). UHasselt subscribes to these goals in part by rolling out its sustainability policy.

UHasselt loves donuts
Heard of the donut economy? UHasselt approaches sustainability as follows: providing for everyone's basic needs while respecting the carrying capacity of our planet. No one explains it better than economist Kate Raworth. Want to know more? Watch her TED talk here.

Doughnut (Economic Model)

Sustainable goals

To make UHasselt a little more sustainable every day, 6 sustainable goals were formulated. To make this happen, all services of UHasselt are called upon.

  • Goal 1. The transition to a carbon-free, circular and climate-adaptive building stock by 2050 is a clear compass and long-term benchmark for every new construction or renovation project
  • Goal 2. The Diepenbeek campus and the Hasselt city campus continue to develop according to the vision of a sustainable campus
  • Goal 3. UHasselt actively invests in growing a proactive sustainability commitment among students
  • Goal 4. The staff of UHasselt is a partner in the realization of an authentic sustainability policy
  • Goal 5. Every student at UHasselt develops sustainability competencies
  • Goal 6. Through its research, UHasselt creates a lever for a sustainable world in dialogue with social actors

Sustainable news

Duurzame Week 1

Sustainable Week UHasselt 8-11 mei

UHasselt's Green Office looks back with pride on its first sustainable week May 8-11. Find out more about our program here.

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Sustainable travel policy: a necessity according to Green Officer Sander

Green Officer Sander is in his second BA architecture and reflects on the future of flying during his 21-hour trip on a study tour to Stockholm. "Even when governments make flying less attractive, and alternatives better and cheaper, we have to do our part by actually flying less often, or quitting. Already now, not only when tickets become more expensive."

UHasselt is taking steps toward a more sustainable travel policy.

Uhasselt Competentiekader

Every student develops sustainability competencies at UHasselt

UHasselt wants to encourage students to commit to sustainability during their studies and after graduation. Therefore, we are committed to an educational learning environment in which students can develop sustainability competencies and a sustainable mindset. These sustainability competencies are part of the institution-wide UHasselt competency framework. Through this UHasselt competency framework, we encourage students not only to acquire knowledge about sustainability, but also to become proficient in dealing with sustainability challenges. More information can be found in the Educational Policy Plan 2022-2029.

Sustainable mobility

Choose for walking, biking, public transport or carpool. Read all about the UHasselt mobility policy here.

UHasselt staff can find more information on mobility on the intranet.

Sustainable travel policy UHasselt

You can read the new sustainable travel policy with all its terms and conditions here. (pdf, 85 KB)

Hasselt University has made a commitment to be CO2 neutral by 2050. Flights are responsible for 3.5% of CO2 emissions in Europe . That share is growing rapidly. This is why Hasselt University is taking the first steps towards a more sustainable travel policy. Discover below what changes are being made to the travel policy.

1. Think carefully about whether it is worth making your journey.

Hasselt University has invested heavily in video conferencing in recent years and our meeting culture has also changed drastically in recent years. Should you meet completely online, in person or in a hybrid format? The choice is yours. But always think carefully about whether or not to make a journey. A few tips:
○ Don’t travel for one-to-one meetings
○ Don’t travel internationally for meetings of less than 4 hours
○ Make agreements with international research partners about your attitude to travel.

2. Short journeys: opt for a bicycle or public transport

A very easy way of reducing your ecological footprint is to use a bicycle or public transport instead of a car for short to medium distances. To give you a bit of extra help, Hasselt University provides free electric bicycles that you can use for a work trip.

If there is no alternative and you really do need to travel by car, you can use a Hasselt University electric car.
Note: you can no longer claim a kilometre allowance when using your own car for journeys of less than 5 kilometres (such as between Diepenbeek campus and Hasselt campus).

3. Opt for the train for destinations that can be reached by rail in under 8 hours.

Taking the train or bus instead of the plane really does make a big difference. Bond Beter Leefmilieu summarises this nicely in this article. For a flight to Vienna, the climate impact of flying is seven times greater than taking the train. That is why we ask every Hasselt University staff member to take the train to destinations that can be reached by rail within 8 hours. We monitor the data available through our travel agency Omnia.

Would you like to know which destinations you can reach by rail in less than 8 hours? The FWO has produced a clear map. These websites can also give you further help: Direkt Bahn Guru (lists direct rail connections from every station in Europe) and Night Trains Europe. Who knows, you might end up having an adventure on a night train.

Share your train photos or train story with Hasselt University’s Green Office: #GreenOfficeUHasselt or greenoffice@uhasselt.be. Inspire others with your travel story.

4. Offset your flight’s CO2 emissions

Hasselt University expects you to offset your flight’s CO2 emissions. This has been a general practice at various other universities for several years now.

  • Are you flying using Omnia? Travel agency Omnia offers CO2 offsetting of approximately 25 euros per ton through a partnership with Greentripper. This finances climate projects and is monitored by an independent agency recognised by the UN. Greentripper donates the money to the Ghana project. (pdf, 13.8 MB)
  • Are you not flying using Omnia? If you are not flying using Omnia, you can still opt for CO2 offsetting with most providers.

Did you know? We assume that you will use the travel agency Omnia Travel, with which Hasselt University has a framework agreement. Discover the benefits here.

Did you know? That most research funds and funding bodies accept CO2 offsetting as an expense? See the overview here.

5. Some final guidelines if you do take the plane

  • You must travel economy class
  • Avoid stopovers and transit flights, replacing them with the train where possible
  • No creative ticketing (where a return ticket is booked, but only the outward flight is used)

Three faculties are participating in a pilot project to see how they can take further steps towards an ambitious travel policy. ARK, BEW and REC have taken up the challenge.

Contact

Single point of contact sustainability

Team sustainability

Professor Griet Verbeeck is academic leader for sustainability within UHasselt and chair of the sustainability steering committee.

Together with Kim Engelen (Rectorate), the team explores the ways in which sustainability can take shape within UHasselt.

Sustainability steering committee

The steering committee strives to make UHasselt sustainable in all possible areas, ranging from campus management to education and research. Therefore, the group is broadly composed of employees and students (through the Green Office) who will use their interest and/or expertise to realize the sustainable goals for UHasselt. Depending on specific projects, other experts can of course also join. The steering committee cooperates intensively with departments and faculties so that sustainability becomes a spearhead within the entire organization.