Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences

Sustainability

Sustainability

All AUAS students will be introduced to the aspects of sustainability applicable to their programme and if desired, they can study sustainability in greater depth, e.g. via extracurricular activities or minors. Sustainability is interwoven into AUAS’s research priority areas and our professorships offer students the opportunity to conduct research into aspects of sustainability, such as the circular transition, the energy transition and climate resilience.

AUAS has a responsible ecological footprint and serves as a shining example of sustainability for students, staff and other stakeholders. AUAS invests in measures to promote sustainable transport and our target is to achieve a 25% reduction of the ecological footprint of all journeys by 2026. This includes both everyday commutes and work-related travel, including flights and goods transport.

Paris-compliant by 2040

All of AUAS’s buildings will be Paris-compliant by 2040 (all electric) depending on the progress of the national energy transition (energy generation), which will probably only be carbon neutral (CO2 neutral) by 2050. AUAS’s goal is to make our campuses entirely free of natural gas before 2040 and to research the optimal power-generation structure for AUAS campuses.

We are working on a plan for sustainable use of raw materials that generates zero waste and within which all disused products and materials are reused in a manner appropriate to a circular economy. By 2050, all AUAS campuses will be circular, nature-inclusive and climate resilient. In the next few years, we will reduce the ecological footprint of our ICT usage and resources by 25%.

Responsible choices

In our canteens and catering establishments, we will offer a range of food and other products that is compatible with our knowledge of the limits of our planet, for example, by replacing animal proteins with vegetable proteins and preventing food waste. Furthermore, AUAS will strive to offer responsibly manufactured products whose production causes as little deforestation, overfishing and/or exploitation as possible.

20 August 2021