15 Dec 2021
EUA provides policy input in greening in higher education institutions
The European University Association (EUA) has published a policy input paper on "Greening in European higher education institutions: A governance, funding and efficiency perspective". Given their education, research and societal missions, the paper states that universities are important actors in the transition towards carbon neutrality, sustainable societies and economies. They are well placed to play a key role in achieving the objectives of the UN SDGs, the Agenda 2030 and the European Green Deal.
The EUA policy input focuses on four areas through which sustainability and greening can be addressed at higher education institutions: funding, efficiency and effectiveness, procurement, governance and leadership. It analyses the role that national financing models and European initiatives such as NextGenerationEU can play, how green procurement can be a game changer, which efficiency measures can also benefit the green agenda and how leadership and leadership development can be instrumental in driving implementation.
The policy input paper builds on EUA’s 2021 survey on greening in European higher education institutions, which collected evidence on the diverse activities and approaches to greening. The survey data is analysed in connection with findings of several other EUA work.
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