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A framework for sustainability and climate change

The University of Cologne is actively working towards climate neutrality; the Climate Protection Act of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia functions as a guideline. In addition, the universities in North Rhine-Westphalia are working with the state government to develop approaches to contribute to the implementation of the climate protection goals. These include, above all, the reduction of greenhouse gases by increasing energy efficiency, reducing energy consumption, expanding renewable energies and climate-friendly mobility concepts.

Further steps for sustainability and climate protection

Sustainability in the Higher Education Agreement NRW
The University and the Ministry of Culture and Science of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia take up the topic of sustainability in their Higher Education Agreement.

Humboldt Initiative
The University of Cologne is committed to sustainable action in research, teaching, administration and infrastructure within the framework of the ‘Humboldt Initiative’, together with the other universities in North Rhine-Westphalia. The promotion of early-career scientists is a special focus of the Humboldtn Initiative.

Hamburg Declaration
The University of Cologne joins the collective declaration of the German Rectors' Conference and the Global University Leaders Council, which lists recommendations on specific university commitment to global sustainability and against climate change.