Organisation - July 5, 2012

Moves mean waste paper

Never before has Wageningen UR thrown out as much paper as it did last year.

Across Wageningen UR, almost 400,000 tons of paper have been binned: 37 percent more than in 2010. The amount of residual waste it generated went up too (by 41 percent). The reason for the increased waste production was the various moves to and on the campus (Zodiac, De Dreijen, the head office, the ESG and Facilities and Services). This is mentioned in Wageningen UR's latest annual environmental report. As well as the big clear-out, the report announces that energy consumption has been cut significantly: to 7 percent of 2010 levels. This is well over the target of 2 percent per year. And this is related to the moves too, as the new buildings are more energy-efficient. For the first time it is now clear what Wageningen UR's total CO2 footprint is. It was calculated on the basis of 2010 data and serves as a baseline figure. Forty one percent of the footprint is due to transport between home and work. Another 29 percent represents business travel in private cars. This makes car journeys responsible for 70 percent of the footprint. Paper use accounts for 10 percent. The footprint is not complete, however. Compensatory measures need to be taken into account more. Provisional estimates suggest that one third of the total emissions are compensated for.

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