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Tel Aviv University to build model for carbon neutrality

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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 and resource use, given its goal of achieving carbon neutrality.

A number of series of tests will be conducted by a team of academic and administrative experts appointed by the “Green Campus Committee” of Tel Aviv University, headed by Tel Aviv University President Prof. Ariel Porat. TAU will then formulate a strategic plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions on campus.

The Green Campus Committee has launched a comprehensive study to assess the overall carbon and water footprint of all TAU activities both on and off campus about a year ago. The surgery evaluates the following:

  • Energy and water consumption
  • Construction and landscaping effects
  • Waste generation
  • Transportation to and from campus

The findings of the report are expected to be published in the near future.

About a year ago, Tel Aviv set up an initiative for carbon neutrality – the first of its kind at an Israeli university. “We are currently completing the initial review, and its findings will serve as the basis for a strategic plan that will significantly reduce campus’ carbon footprint, and ultimately bring us as close as possible to carbon neutrality,” said TAU Porat president.

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

TAU President Prof. Ariel Porat (Credit: Courtesy of Tel Aviv University)

The announcement coincides with the ongoing UN Climate Conference COP26 and is of particular interest to the TAU’s climate-aware student body, as confirmed by Lior Hazan, Chairman of the TAU Student Association. “The climate crisis is spreading and intensifying, causing a great deal of concern. It is no longer something that is happening far away, it is happening right here and now.

“Students must become leading ambassadors of this goal, as they are the future of society, industry and leadership,” Hazan declared.

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