Tel Aviv University to build a model for carbon neutrality

TAU (Tel Aviv University) announced on Monday that it will formulate a strategic plan to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions, as well as improve the efficiency of energy use and resources, amid its goal of achieving carbon neutrality.

Several series of tests will be carried out by a team of academic and administrative experts appointed by the TAU “Green Campus Committee”, which is chaired by TAU President, Prof. Ariel Porat. TAU will then formulate a strategic plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions on campus.

The Green Campus Committee launched a comprehensive inspection to assess the overall carbon and water footprint of all TAU activities, both on and off campus, about a year ago. The analysis assesses the following:

  • Consumption of energy and water
  • Construction and landscaping impacts
  • Waste production
  • Transportation to and within campus

The report’s findings are expected to be released in the near future.

“TAU established a carbon neutral initiative about a year ago, the first of its kind at an Israeli university. We are currently completing the initial inspection and its findings will serve as the basis for a strategic plan that will significantly reduce the campus carbon footprint and ultimately bring us as close as possible to carbon neutrality, ”said TAU President Porat.

“We hope that other institutions will join us. Time is running out and we must act immediately ”, he added.

TAU President Prof. Ariel Porat (credit: COURTESY UNIVERSITY OF TEL AVIV)

The announcement comes at the same time as the ongoing UN COP26 Climate Conference and is of particular interest to the climate-conscious student body at TAU, as confirmed by Lior Hazan, president of the TAU Student Union. “The climate crisis is spreading and intensifying, causing great concern. It is no longer something that happens very far, it is happening here and now.

“Students must become the primary ambassadors for this cause, as they are the future of society, industry and leadership,” stated Hazan.

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