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

Our Vision

Mission 2030: The Johannes Kepler University aims to meet its ambitious goal of becoming climate-neutral by 2030 by implementing new policies and measures, defining specifications, collecting data, and much more.


Moving Beyond a Vision Towards Implementing Concrete Measures - A Roadmap

Given the wide range of different challenges involved in attaining the objectives, it's no wonder that the program to accomplish the desired goals is complex. The JKU Energy Institute has outlined the complex process by drafting a so-called 'roadmap', and workshops involving JKU employees created plans of action and approaches to serve as a guideline and help the JKU become climate-neutral by 2030:


If you have any questions or suggestions, please do not hesitate to contact us!

The Johannes Kepler University Linz (JKU) is pursuing an ambitious goal of becoming climate-neutral by 2030. As part of the process, the university believes involving everyone on campus - and in the surrounding area - is of vital importance. The goal is to work together and implement corresponding measures ranging from holding environmentally friendly meetings to practicing more efficient waste management. This way, the JKU not only becomes a more welcoming place to work and study, but also a place where everyone can interact in a more sustainable way.

We calculate greenhouse gas emissions by using widely accredited methods that aim to include all of the direct and indirect emissions on campus. We will then introduce steps to reduce these emissions, naturally by also involving employees and students!

By keeping energy consumption on campus to a minimum, we can better optimize energy consumption in both current and new buildings on campus, taking heating and cooling needs into account. Heat recycling from waste water, ventilation systems, and server systems will also result in greater efficiency. Self-generated energy will be maximized, particularly through photovoltaic systems, as well as other sources, such as wind and biomass. Other potential sources to support greater efficiency include looking at the campus as a whole instead of simply focusing on individual buildings. Buildings will also be streamlined in terms of operations and use, focusing on a more centralized monitoring system for ventilation and lighting.

The ultimate goal is for the campus to eventually consume as little energy as possible. Current facilities and new buildings will become more energy-efficient by better optimizing ventilation systems and lighting systems. Together, we can also help cut back on the heating/cooling demand on campus. The JKU also intends to invest in generating its own energy, particularly by using solar panels (photovoltaics), as well as other sources, such as wind and biomass.

In the interest of climate-neutral commuting and business travel, we should cut back on driving fossil-fueled vehicles whenever possible, yet without restricting employees' mobility. Environmentally-friendly alternatives to commuting to the JKU include working from home and applying blended learning approaches in education. There are also plans to create more bike paths. Some work-related travel could potentially be replaced by online meetings, or employees can travel using public transportation (such as traveling by train). There are also incentives to encourage students to plan their trips to campus ahead of time and take these guidelines into consideration.

Guidelines and specifications at the JKU will aim to support a more climate-neutral way of purchasing materials, such as paper and hardware. Although it may not always be possible every time, the JKU intends to to introduce compensatory policies as extensively as possible.

We can only succeed in our ambitious goal to become climate-neutral by 2030 with your help! We ask for your support, involvement, and your individual conduct and effort to help create a more climate-neutral JKU! Let's work together to make the JKU even more attractive, while simultaneously fulfilling our university's social responsibility on a day-to-day basis!


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