OUR PLAN TO REDUCE CARBON EMISSIONS
The University is committed to climate action, striving to support the mitigation of climate change through key initiatives such as low-carbon energy use, environmental education, and a steadfast commitment to becoming a carbon-neutral university. USM is committed to achieving its 2050 carbon-neutral target in line with Malaysia’s commitment. In pursuit of this goal, Kampus Sejahtera USM has initiated the GreenOffice@USM and GreenDesa@USM programme.
Commitment to Carbon Neutral University
At USM, we are deeply committed to becoming a carbon-neutral university. Our dedication to sustainability extends across three key areas of carbon emissions, known as Scope 1, Scope 2, and Scope 3, as we work tirelessly to reduce our environmental impact.
Scope 1 Emissions: These encompass direct emissions from sources that are owned or controlled by the university. We are actively implementing measures to reduce emissions from sources such as our campus vehicles. Through regular assessments and upgrades, we aim to minimize our carbon footprint within our immediate control.
Scope 2 Emissions: Scope 2 emissions result from the generation of electricity that we purchase from external sources. USM is investing in renewable energy sources and energy-efficient technologies. By transitioning to cleaner energy sources, we are decreasing our indirect emissions and moving closer to carbon neutrality.
Scope 3 Emissions: These are indirect emissions that occur as a result of our activities but are generated from sources not owned or controlled by the university. This includes emissions from waste, and other aspects of our operations. USM is actively engaging with our community and suppliers to reduce the carbon footprint associated with these activities. We are committed to sustainable procurement practices, encouraging public transportation and carpooling, and minimizing waste generation.
Our commitment to achieving carbon neutrality extends beyond our campus borders. We recognize that our actions have a broader impact, and we are actively working to address all facets of our carbon emissions. By addressing Scope 1, Scope 2, and Scope 3 emissions, we are taking comprehensive steps to create a more sustainable future for our university and the communities we serve.
Join us in our journey toward a carbon-neutral university, where sustainability and environmental responsibility are at the forefront of our mission.
Environmental Education Measures
USM leads the way in climate education, action, and collaboration. We provide local education programs on climate change, share our Climate Action Plan with local stakeholders, participate in cooperative disaster planning, support government initiatives, and collaborate with NGOs for climate adaptation.
Together, we're building a sustainable future.
In USM, the built environment emphasizes eco-friendly construction, energy-efficient facilities, and green spaces, fostering a sustainable and conducive campus atmosphere.
USM prioritizes responsible water use and conservation. We employ water-saving technologies and promote conservation practices, engaging the campus community through education and awareness campaigns.
USM emphasizes waste minimization and recycling. Our efforts include recycling facilities, awareness campaigns, and collaborations for proper waste management.
USM prioritizes energy sustainability through efficiency and renewable sources. As part of our effort to reduce carbon emissions, we adopt energy-saving tech, lighting, and solar panels.
USM is dedicated to climate change mitigation and adaptation. We integrate climate topics into our curriculum, conduct research, and organize awareness campaigns, seminars, and workshops.
USM prioritizes sustainability through health and well-being initiatives by promoting physical and mental health, offering recreational facilities, and fostering a holistic and sustainable campus community.
USM emphasizes biodiversity conservation and ecosystem management in conducting research, collaborating with stakeholders, integrating biodiversity education, and practicing sustainable land use.