IUBH University of Applied Sciences has been awarded the ‘Carbon Neutrality’ seal of approval by TÜV SÜD. Certification requires a verifiable greenhouse gas balance and the establishment of measures to reduce future CO2 emissions.
"We are very proud to have received the ‘Carbon Neutrality’ certification from TÜV SÜD," says Dr. Sven Schütt, Managing Director of IUBH. “Through our climate protection measures, we at IUBH are contributing to an environmental future worth living for. We know that we cannot change the world alone, but we hope to inspire others to follow us on this path.”
In mid-June, over 2,000 people in Germany between the ages of 18 and 65 – including 300 students and 700 prospective students – were interviewed for the IUBH study "Attitudes to Climate Protection and Sustainability". The results were clear: three-quarters of those surveyed wanted their university to be committed to carbon neutrality. At the same time, more than half of the participants expected educational institutions to assume greater responsibility for climate protection than, for example, commercial businesses.
For more than 60% of the students and prospective students surveyed, commitment to climate protection played an important role in their choice of university. A climate protection certification, such as that from the TÜV, was important to 72% of those surveyed. The majority (70%) also believed that climate protection should feature as an area of relevant academic study.
Two-thirds of those surveyed nonetheless wanted their university to do more to protect the climate. When asked what activities universities should undertake in the area of climate protection, participants suggested helping raise climate awareness, reduce use of printed teaching materials, integrate climate protection study topics into the curricula, expand use of solar systems, and of course work to acquire carbon neutrality certifications.