In our Strategy 2024 one of our goals is to prioritize infrastructure solutions that reduce our carbon footprint.
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Some of our initiatives
Barrels for recycling used plastic bottles
OsloMet collaborates with Infinitum (infinitum.no), a company that places yellow barrels around our campuses. These contribute to reducing the amount of plastic that can pollute the environment. The money gained from depositing plastic bottles is designated climate measures for students and staff.
OsloMet has replaced all fossil-fuel cars with electric and hybrid cars. We have six charging stations for electric cars at our campus at Kjeller. We are looking into the possibility of increasing the number of charging stations and are continuously assessing the number of parking spaces.
OsloMet facilitates the use of bicycles for students and staff. We have outdoor bicycle parking and indoor bicycle storage facilities for staff and students. You will also find city bicycle racks in the vicinity of the university. There is an indoor washing station for bicycles at Pilestredet. An air pump and repair stand for bicycles are located on campus at both Pilestredet and Kjeller.
Ecolabelling of buildings
The property owner is responsible for the technical condition of the buildings, and OsloMet is a driving force. Our buildings have received their ecolabelling, clearly visible in the entrance halls.
OsloMet works systematically to phase in to LED and needs-based-lighting, and is planning to improve the management of electrical heating.
Greenhouse gas emissions assessment
OsloMet completed our first greenhouse gas emissions assessment in 2020.
OsloMet reuses furniture (sometimes given away), books and IT-equipment. The recycling storage room for Oslo Metropolitan University is located in Room L 041 under building P44/52.
All of Campus Kjeller and nearly all of campus Pilestredet are heated by district heating.
We have mapped the total emissions from air travel at OsloMet, and from January-September 2019 this accumulated to 445 626 kilos CO2. In spring 2021 OsloMet launched a new travel policy for employees (ansatt.oslomet.no).
OsloMet has established six beehives on the roof in Pilestredet 52, where tens of thousands of bees carry out sustainable pollination work.
Waste management and recycling
OsloMet actively promotes recycling and aims to increase the rate for recyclable waste, i.e. to what degree the waste has been sorted correctly. In 2018, the rate for recycling was 45 %. We are now well on our way to reach the 60 % target.