| 03.12.2020

Hanken takes steps towards carbon neutrality by 2030

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Last year Hanken committed to be carbon neutral by 2030. As a step towards that goal, Hanken has now compensated for its calculated emissions from 2019.

Hanken’s calculated carbon dioxide emissions from 2019 are 793,56 tonnes. This includes the emissions from air travel, energy consumption, paper usage and generated waste. Air travel is almost 75% of the emissions.

Using the gold standard certified projects, Hanken has compensated its carbon dioxide emissions via three projects. 

- All of them are focussed on different social and environmental themes and in different regions of the world, and they were selected based on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, Hanken’s social responsibility coordinator Sanchi Maheshwari says.

The project WithoneSeed in Timor-Leste is a community forestry project focussed on forestation in a tropical region along with improving the resilience of local subsistence communities. The project has removed 50,000+ tonnes Co2 emissions from the global atmosphere.

The second project as selected by Hanken’s student union is Utsil Naj programme which operates in Mexico, Guatemala and Honduras. The project focusses on improving the living conditions of local rural communities by providing improved cookstoves.

The third project is about providing safe water access in Rwanda.

- Overall, all the three projects combined contribute to following development goals: No poverty, good health and well-being, quality education, gender equality, clean water and sanitation, affordable and clean energy, decent work and economic growth, climate action, life on land and partnerships for the goals, Maheshwari clarifies.

As a next step, Hanken is currently working on devising an ambitious environmental plan. To expand and develop the data collection related to the sustainability goals is an important part of this project.


Hanken takes part in common campaign between universities

Universities in Finland published last week twelve ambitious theses and intend to become leaders in sustainable development.

Carbon neutrality by 2030, sustainable development at the heart of strategies, and strong support for the Finnish Government's climate and biodiversity goals are included in these plans.

The thesis package contains extensive recommendations for measures to be taken in teaching, research, administration, societal impact and funding model of universities. It has been prepared by a working group of Unifi, which includes all universities and the National Union of University Students in Finland (SYL).

- The theses from Unifi on sustainable development reaffirms the need to act now. Hanken has been very active in the Unifi working group from the beginning and we strongly support and are committed to all the concrete measures to be undertaken by all the universities as recommended by the theses, Maheshwari says.

More information about Hanken’s sustainability can be found here.

See Unifi’s theses on sustainable development and responsibility here.


For more information:

Sanchi Maheshwari
Social Responsibility Coordinatior
+358 50 468 7794