Sustainable development and responsibility
LUT University promotes sustainable development and we are responsible in all operations. Our strategic choices, scientific research, academic education and social interaction are all guided by the principles of ecological, economic and social sustainability. Clean energy, water and air are life-giving resources for which we seek new solutions with our expertise in technology and business. We help society and businesses in their sustainable renewal.
LUT's goal is to make its campuses carbon negative in 2024. The route towards that will be defined by specifying the carbon balance.
Our research, education, campus operations and stakeholder work promote the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. LUT is committed to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, as evidenced by:
- the Rector's signatory in SDG Accord (in February 2020).
- in June 2021, LUT joined to a global Race To Zero campaign
- As a part of the Universities Finland UNIFI, LUT is committed to the common theses of sustainable development and responsibility of Finnish universities.
- LUT was accepted into the UN's Global Compact initiative on March 2021.
- The LUT School of Business and Management is committed to the UN's Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME).
LUT promoting UN's Sustainable Development Goals
- This table shows how LUT University is promoting every of UN's Sustainable Development Goals.
Through our Trailblazer 2030 strategy and our research, we focus on influencing the following UN´s sustainable development goals in particular:
We promote the universal sustainable development goals for the environment, people and economy as a member of the following networks:
- Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME)
- European Energy Research Alliance (EERA)
- Sustainable Process Industry through Resource and Energy Efficiency (A.Spire)
- The Water Europe
- EIT Raw Materials Knowledge and Innovation Community
- Finnish Climate Change Panel
- The Nordic Sustainable Campus Network (NSCN)
- The International Sustainable Campus Network
- Future Earth Finland
- Climate University
- Xplorer, sustainable mining industry
- The Finnish Society for Environmental Social Science (YHYS)
- Ambitious Africa
More information on International Sustainable Campus Networking (PRME, ISCN and NSCN) is here.
Sustainability in stakeholder cooperation
Sustainability is a part of all our stakeholder cooperation. We influence the society around us by helping companies and other societal actors use solutions provided by research on emission-free energy, clean water and air, the circular economy and sustainable business. LUT research resulted 29 inventions in 2019. LUT applies for patents actively; its number of patents is the second highest of universities in Finland. Roughly 3–5 research-based spin-off companies are established each year. In 2019, there were 52 active spin-offs which had been established at least three years ago.
The business ecosystem includes LUT's research and education units, LUT's business accelerator Green Campus Open (GCO), the Jamie Hyneman Center (JHC) for rapid prototyping, the LUT Entrepreneurship Society LUTES, and the cleantech seed investor Green Campus Innovations Ltd (GCI).
The goal of the LAB University of Applied Sciences, which is part of the LUT Group, is to achieve carbon negativity by 2030.
Cooperation with hometowns and LUT Junior University
We cooperate extensively with regional, national and global operators. In 2020, the International Sustainable Campus Network (ISCN) awarded LUT Junior University the best sustainable development cooperation model. In Junior University activities, all age groups from children in early childhood education to high school students learn how to reduce their water footprint and their carbon footprint and how to maximize the carbon handprint. They are also challenged to search for solutions for how to contribute to the climate change and how to boost businesses to be more sustainable. During the years 2018–2019, Junior University activities reached 10 810 people.
We're working with Lappeenranta Student Housing Foundation (LOAS) to build Finland's greenest student housing community. Together with our campus cities Lappeenranta (Finnish Climate Capital) and Lahti (European Green Capital), we promote the goals of a clean environment.
Among other things, we produce expertise, vision, education and solutions in the following cooperation networks:
We monitor our university's quality of research and productivity as well as the quality and impact of teaching by means of international comparisons and various evaluations and international accreditations on a regular basis.
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