The CO2 team at the Center for Global Change and Sustainability has been compiling the BOKU's greenhouse gas balances since 2013.

These balance sheets are an important control and steering instrument and form the basis for strategic decisions and objectives in the context of sustainability.

With the CO2 balance, the fields of action - above all electricity, district heating and business trips - are clearly visible. Accordingly, when working out a climate protection strategy, targeted measures can be defined and continuously improved.

The GHG accounting tool (Climcalc 2.0) was developed as part of a project in the context of the WG CO2-neutral universities (a WG of the Alliance for Sustainable Universities).

The team at the Competence Center for Climate Neutrality is now also passing on its expertise to other universities and schools in the form of workshops.

For more information, visit the website of the Sustainable Universities Alliance:


The greenhouse gas balance of the BOKU shows at a glance where the major emissions are: electricity, district heating and business trips, the latter falling drastically in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In the coming years, however, a renewed increase in emissions is expected in the area of business travel, which should be dampened with the help of appropriate guidelines, positive incentives and awareness-raising campaigns. In order to achieve the goal of climate neutrality by 2030 as part of the sustainability strategy, reduction potentials are currently being explored and proposed measures are being developed.

For comparison, the greenhouse gas balance from the previous year.