BI climate ambitions towards 2030

28 March 2019

Sustainability goal no.13, take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts, has been selected as one of three priority areas that BI will work towards within its own operation.

The latest report from the United Nation’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change tells us that there will be significant savings for us and the planet if we manage to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees above pre-industrial levels, compared to the 2 degree goal set by the Paris Agreement. As it stands today, both goals are far off. However, the report shows that it is possible to reach the 1.5-degree goal, but we must act now. There are approx. 4,000 days left until 2030, and if BI wants to be part of the solution, we must chart our impact and set clear goals. That way we can be good role models for our students and the outside world.

At its management meeting on 13 March 2019, BI's management decided that supporting the 1.5-degree goal is an ambition that BI is to strive for. To do so, BI must act in the following three areas:

  • Contribute by cutting our emissions equivalent to 40-50% by 2030, which is in line with the new government platform with the ambition of cutting emissions in Norway by 45% in the same period
  • We must increase the share of renewable energy used on our campuses. Clean energy is considered to be a large part of the solution to the climate problems. BI is well underway carrying out this work at our two new campuses in Trondheim and Stavanger.
  • We need to support green mobility solutions to help reduce emissions from transport
  • Work will be undertaken to map out how BI can work to reach its ambitions, and one ambition to be achieved in 2019 is to get an overview of where we can best contribute.
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