A sustainable campus

A sustainable campus is resource-conscious, healthy, and good for people and the environment. As an elite technical university, DTU must be a driving force for welfare and sustainable value creation in Danish society, and it must assume the same role internationally. Consequently, DTU is striving to ensure that the University’s own campus development, operation, and administration are contributing to this green transition. DTU therefore wants to develop the University’s facilities in a way that supports sustainability.

Sustainability policy 

The sustainability policy for DTU’s campuses sets the direction for priorities in the University administration and operations. The sub-policy presents a holistic approach to sustainability on the DTU campuses.

The aim is for everyone at the University to be aware of and able to integrate sustainability into their daily activities. This sub-policy sets the framework for which general focus areas DTU needs to pursue.

The objectives are distributed across the following five focus areas:

Campus as Living Lab 

DTU works with research, education, innovation, and scientific consultancy at a high international level and across a broad spectrum of disciplines. The University’s physical facilities must support this work.

DTU is therefore making the University’s facilities available as a Living Lab to researchers and students, giving them the opportunity to develop and test sustainable technologies.

Read more at DTU Smart Campus.


Certification for urban areas

DTU has initiated a process to have DTU Lyngby Campus certified as urban area. As an urban area usually develops over a long period of time, the certification process is divided into three—a pre-term certification, a mid-term certification, and a final certification. Lyngby Campus is currently subject to a pre-certification process based on the recently prepared strategic campus plan.
The plan takes a holistic look at the sustainability that characterises the DGNB certification criteria, and therefore assesses the campus according to its environmental, economic, and sociocultural qualities. For example, biodiversity needs to be clarified, campus life-cycle costs must be calcula-
ted, and the quality of urban life must be assessed.
Read more about DGNB.

Sustainable modes of transport 

DTU is working hard to continuously develop and promote sustainable mobility. This is being done, among other things, by establishing a more interconnected network of bicycle paths to, from, and on campus, and which will make it easier and safer to cycle.

With the new Greater Copenhagen Light Rail system, DTU will be better connected to the rest of Greater Copenhagen and Lyngby Station, making travelling by public transport to and from the campus significantly easier. In addition, DTU is responsible for the IT work in connection with the autonomous bus project, in addition to which the buses will be tested at DTU Lyngby Campus. Read more about DTU'S efforts to promote sustainable modes of transport here.

Sustainability certification of new buildings at DTU

In connection with its campus development, DTU wants to work actively and measurably with sustainability, both at individual building level and with the campus as a whole. As the client, DTU has decided that all building projects will be conducted with sustainability as a guiding principle, and that new buildings must be certified in accordance with the DGNB Gold sustainability standard.

The first construction project being built according to the standard is a new building for DTU Skylab. In addition, there are two other construction projects - Building 357 and Building 112 - on the drawing board, which will also be built to the same certification.