Mission 2030.

Earth. (Infinite) Space. The Year is 2023.

A JKU Linz logbook entry: We find ourselves in an utterly devastating world. The climate is changing, we are wasting resources. We don't know, for example, just how long we can continue to use fossil fuels, and we cannot predict rising costs. We cannot yet estimate the true consequences of climate change, however we are already experiencing initial changes. As a result, the JKU is taking a stance and has committed itself to a very ambitious goal to be climate-neutral by 2030!



The Energy-Saving Campaign

If we want to minimize and reduce the effects of climate change, we have to first - and foremost - adopt a more holistic approach. On its own, the JKU is but a speck; however, as part of a global change process, we can move mountains! Each and every JKU employee and student is a beacon of hope and we want to say:


Welcome to our Mission 2030!

Join in. Make it happen.

We have compiled a list of things you can do every day in both your workplace and at home! Feel free to pass the information on to your co-workers, friends, family, and your kids!

Save Thermal Energy

  • Turn the heating down
  • Lower the room temperature when working from home/on weekends/on holidays
  • Don't obstruct radiators or heaters
  • Air rooms out intermittently instead of keeping windows open for a longer period
  • Keep doors closed
  • Dress appropriately for the season
  • Wherever possible, use cold water instead of hot water
  • Turn the faucet to the cold water position
The Energy-Saving Campaign

Save Electricity

  • Turn the lights off; turn the lights on only when needed
  • Refrain from using space heaters and other additional appliances
  • Minimize the use of personal appliances (coffee maker, water kettle...)
  • Take the stairs instead of the elevator
  • Unplug charged devices from the outlets
  • Unplug cords and cables
  • Before leaving a room, turn the projector, monitors, and lights off
  • Turn photocopiers off
  • Use switch-off power strips
The Energy-Saving Campaign

Save PC Power

  • Print only the documents you really need
  • Lower screen brightness whenever possible
  • Switch the camera off during video conference breaks
  • Mute the monitor when taking a break
  • If possible, make a phone call or set up an in-person meeting instead of holding a Zoom meeting
  • Use cabled devices instead of using Bluetooth
  • Use advanced power saving settings and dark mode
  • Share files via Drive instead of e-mail attachments
  • Bookmark websites (1.4g CO2 per google search)


The Energy-Saving Campaign

The JKU is doing its part for us by:

  1. setting the office room temperature to 21°C and, wherever possible, setting the corridor/lecture hall/foyer temperature to 19°C
  2. turning the ventilator in the Main Campus Library off overnight between 10:00 PM and 6:00 AM
  3. turning the ventilator in the classrooms/lecture halls overnight between 10:00 PM and 6:00 AM
  4. optimizing the ventilation system time programming for even further
  5. reducing the summer cooling capacity by 2 degrees
  6. adjusting the IT cooling systems (LAN, servers, mainframes, ...)
  7. closing the sliding doors in the connecting corridor and in the Kepler Bldg. (the two, south-side sliding doors) during the winter
  8. reducing the lighting
  • reducing the building lights at night beginning at 10:00 PM
  • reducing the daytime building lighting to standard lighting, whenever technically possible
  • turning the Somnium lighting off at night (emergency lighting only)
  • turning the library quad lights off at night
  • turning the Obelisk lighting on only during operating hours
  • reducing outdoor lighting by 50% between 12:30 AM and 5:30 AM

Sustainability at the JKU.

Learn more about sustainability activities and projects at the JKU.

The JKU Aims to Become Climate Neutral.

Here's what the plan looks like.
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