Sustainable development progresses rapidly at LUT

Lappeenranta University of Technology (LUT) has taken some big steps in terms of enhancing sustainable development during the past two years. According to the new Report on Sustainability, LUT has significantly reduced its electricity and heat energy consumption and the amount of purchased electricity.

LUT recently published its first Sustainability Report, which shows that the university's electricity energy consumption last year was 6.3% less than in 2013. The amount of purchased electricity dropped by 7.9% and heat energy consumption decreased by 7.6% in comparison to 2013.

"Along with reducing environmental impacts, the university also considered it important to operate in a more cost-effective manner and our cooperation with the premises owner University Properties of Finland Ltd to decrease consumption has played a important role in this work," explains Green Campus Development Manager Marko Kasurinen.

In LUT, paying attention to environmental issues and sustainable development are a part of organisational management. LUT, as the only university in Finland, is supported in this task by an environmental system that complies with the ISO 14001 standard The published report serves as a review of the university's environmental work and its measures to promote sustainable development.

"By reporting its environmental indicators, the university is able to evaluate which issues require attention now and in the future in order to further reduce the university's environmental burden," says Environmental Coordinator Essi Römpötti.

The report was written in accordance with the reporting instructions provided by the International Sustainable Campus Network (ISCN). The information in the report, such as consumption figures, cover the years 2013 and 2014.

Environmental work requires constant monitoring

Environmental work at LUT is divided into four main themes: Energy, Waste and utilisation of natural resources, Traffic, and Impact of research and teaching on society. Environmental objectives and both short-term and medium-term environmental goals.have been created for the most important environmental aspects. The figures from 2012 function as comparison data. Measures have been planned for achieving the environmental goals, and responsibilities and indicators specified in order to assist in monitoring how the goals are achieved.

Monitoring data is published about, for example, the amount of self-produced energy, consumption of electricity, water and heat, as well as the amount of waste created. The information is published on the LUT website.

In addition to environmental work, the report also examines other areas of sustainable development that are important for the university: equality and accessibility, occupational safety and health, participatory campus development, and cooperation with other actors.

"By openly describing our actions to promote sustainable development, LUT encourages its students, staff and stakeholders to take the principles of sustainable development into consideration in their activities," states Römpötti.

In the future, LUT will publish a Report on Sustainability each year. The report will also be developed so that it meets the requirements of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) reporting guidelines.

More information

Essi Römpötti, Environmental Coordinator, essi.rompotti@lut.fi, tel.: +358 50 433 1214
Marko Kasurinen, Development Manager, marko.kasurinen@lut.fi, tel.: +358 40 683 1488

Report on Sustainability 2014