working group on climate neutrality

The knowledge network currently consists of 6 partner organizations. Together, as part of a CCCA working group, we are developing guidelines and standards for the climate neutrality of companies and organizations in Austria. As a think tank, we promote social and political discourse and help set the course for a climate-friendly future.

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BOKU CO2balance

Seit 2013 erstellt das Kompetenzzentrum für Klimaneutralität die Treibhausgasbilanz der BOKU.
Diese Bilanzen sind ein wichtiges Kontroll- und Steuerungsinstrument und bilden die Grundlage für strategische Entscheidungen und Zielsetzungen im Nachhaltigkeitskontext.

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Together with the Federal Environment Agency and Graz University of Technology, BOKU has developed the CO2 balancing tool "ClimCalc". A user-friendly emissions accounting tool. This open-source tool helps students and organizations of all kinds to calculate their emissions and reduce their footprint.

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making A Change

„Making A Change“ ist ein Kooperationsprojekt zwischen Wissenschaft und Schule. In Zusammenarbeit mit dem CCCA (Climate Change Centre Austria) und dem Bundesministerium für Bildung, Wissenschaft und Forschung unterstützt die BOKU Schüler:innen in ganz Österreich dabei, eine Bilanz für ihre Schule zu erstellen. Darüber hinaus werden mögliche Klimaneutralitätsstrategien entwickelt.

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Forest Protection in the Colombian Rainforest (REDD+) / La Dorada

Forest conservation and species protection through nature conservation contracts and land purchase

The area of this REDD+ nature conservation project is located in the center of Colombia, near Dorada. In order to protect the local fauna and flora from overgrazing and forest degradation, an area of 600 hectares is being developed as a model farm within the Las Mercedes project and a further 7,000 hectares are being sustainably managed in cooperation with local farmers. Sustainable management will lead to higher yields in the long run and ensure the protection of the forest against deforestation. Furthermore, the forest will be used for research and art purposes as a method for sustainable awareness-raising. Through this project, 12,000 tons of CO2 are stored in the Las Mercedes project every year.

Forest Protection in the Colombian Rainforest (REDD+ Project)

Emissions Reduction12.000 t CO2-Äquivalente jährlich über 12 Jahre, Einbehaltung eines Risikopuffers von 35%.

Project DurationStart 2020, support and monitoring for 12 years

Project Costs1.250.000 €

Costs per Tonne of CO2215,5 €

Situation without the ProjectDeforestation and overgrazing

GoalProtection of a 600ha core area and 7,000h of adjacent land from deforestation. Transfer of the land into a sustainable agroforestry system (buffalo farming in the forest) with higher yields compared to the situation without the project.

Further Projects

Reforestation and Natural Reforestation in North-Gondar / Ethiopia (CONCLUDED)

BOKU Climate Mitigation Projects

Sustainable management of pastures and forests

In order to address the problems of deforestation in Ethiopia, a participatory process with local stakeholders was launched in the framework of the BOKU climate protection project in North-Gondar.So-called "fenced areas" were identified by local communities to be protected from grazing by fencing, enabling controlled reforestation and natural regeneration of the areas. As a result CO is sunk in the form of biomass and in the soil.  The areas are jointly managed by the local population and the goal is to create a 30-hectare forest over a period of 30 years, which will sink and store at least 5,300 tonnes of CO2.

Reforestation and Natural Reforestation in North-Gondar / Ethiopia (CONCLUDED)

Emissions Reduction5.300 t CO2 in 30 years

Project DurationStart 2012, monitoring for 30 years.

Project Costs131.600 €

Costs per Tonne of CO2225,0 €

Situation without the ProjectDeforested region and overgrazing

GoalTransformation of 30 ha of fallow land to an unevenly-aged stable coppice forest

Afforestation and Agroforestry in San Miguel / Costa Rica (fully financed)

BOKU Climate Mitigation Projects

Local commitment with global impact

Tropical rainforests are the most species-rich ecosystems on earth and at the same time indispensable for stabilizing the global climate. In January 2016, an area of 14.6 hectares was reforested and converted into a secondary rainforest. This will sequestrate approx. 4,400 tonnes of CO2 from the atmosphere through above-ground and underground CO2-storage and the trained local employees will ensure that the project is locally anchored. The reforestation will be organized and coordinated by the Institute of Botany at the University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences in coordination with the Austrian Rainforest Association and the Tropical Station La Gamba.

Afforestation and Agroforestry in San Miguel / Costa Rica (fully financed)

Emissions Reduction4.400 t CO2 in 30 years

Project DurationStart 2016, monitoring for 30 years.

Project Costs136.000 €

Costs per Tonne of CO2231,0 €

Situation without the ProjectIncreased deforestation in the region and lack of resources for afforestation

GoalTransfer of approx. 15 ha fallow land into a secondary rainforest

Safe Drinking Water and Clean Air for Soroti / Uganda

BOKU Climate Mitigation Projects

Addressing a variety of challenges

According to the WHO, about 70 percent of Uganda's rural population has no access to clean drinking water. Water is disinfected by cooking over open wood fires, but this also causes health problems. Many people already suffer from serious lung diseases caused by air pollutants from inefficient wood burning. Furthermore, Uganda has one of the highest deforestation rates in the world. An intact environment, clean air, and safe drinking water are, however, the prerequisites for a good life and are indispensable for education, ecological and social sustainability, and the fight against poverty.

Innovative approaches through a broad cooperation network

The use of solar water disinfection (SODIS method) drastically reduces the amount of firewood needed, which should save about 20,000 tonnes of CO2 in the next five years. Furthermore, this project will also counteract the development of harmful smoke in households. The cooperation between the BOKU Institute for Sanitation, Industrial Water Management and Water Pollution Control, the Water School Uganda, and the Makarere University in Kampala ensures a holistic approach to the project.

Water disinfection by UV radiation

Two thousand households in Soroti are being familiarized with the use of solar water disinfection (SODIS method) as part of the BOKU project. The Austrian start-up HELIOZ provides each household with a device for measuring UV radiation (WADI), which has been tested in Africa and Asia. With this device, the disinfection of drinking water can be easily checked and guaranteed. In addition to the CO2-mitigation, the project also brings additional social and ecological added value.

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Safe Drinking Water and Clean Air for Soroti / Uganda

Emissions Reduction20.000 t CO2 in 5 years

Project DurationStart 2019, monitoring for 5 years.

Project Costs329.500 €

Costs per Tonne of CO220,0 €

Situation without the ProjectDeforestation of forest areas, CO2-emissions from the use of firewood for drinking treated water, and health hazards due to flue gas development during wood combustion

GoalUse of solar water disinfection (SODIS method with WADI) in 2000 households and improvement of the hygienic situation

Decentralized Composting in Addis Ababa / Ethiopia

BOKU Climate Mitigation Projects

CO2mitigation through composting of organic waste

Untreated waste due to lack of waste separation, low recycling efforts and inadequate landfilling is a major burden on the environment and the local population. Therefore, the aim of this BOKU climate protection project in Addis Ababa is to convert about 8,000 tonnes of organic waste into nutrient-rich compost per year, reducing about 200 tonnes of CO2 annually.

Involvement of local partners as an important success factor

Households, waste collectors, and other local stakeholders are trained in how to separate waste into organic and other material and collect it properly. The collected organic waste is processed in a composting plant commissioned as part of the project. Trained local workers learn how to control and monitor the composting process to ensure good quality compost. The compost obtained is then sold as high-quality, regional fertilizer and offers the local actors involved an additional income and safe working conditions.

Commitment to equal opportunities

Through the strong involvement of single women, the project also contributes to local social empowerment. This pilot project is intended to be the starting signal for further decentralized composting projects in Ethiopia. Not least through the show garden, a network for the exchange of knowledge and experience is to be created in order to establish decentralized and low-CO2waste management in Ethiopia. In addition to sinking CO2 and improving the quality of the soil, the general nutritional situation can also be influenced.

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Decentralized Composting in Addis Ababa / Ethiopia

Emissions Reduction200 t CO2-eq per year

Project DurationStart of 2016

Project Costs35.000 € per year

Costs per Tonne of CO265 € - Co-financed by BOKU

Situation without the ProjectOrganic waste is not processed and generates greenhouse gas emissions

GoalCollection and composting of about 8.000 tonnes of organic waste annually

Reforestation and Regeneration of Local Forests in North-Gondar / Ethiopia

BOKU Climate Mitigation Projects

60 hectares of fallow land grow into a coppice forest

As a successor to the successfully completed carbon sequestration project, "Afforestation and natural reforestation in North Gondar / Ethiopia" , an adjacent area was approved for reforestation. Through sustainable management of the pasture land and so-called fencing areas, 60 hectares are specifically protected from grazing and can thus grow into coppice forest.

Local population, economy, and biodiversity benefit

Similarly to the percussing project, separate goals are being pursued in this ongoing project in addition to the CO2carbon sink of at least 11,000 tonnes: (1) the strengthening of local economies through the availability of wood, animal feed, and additional income from "non-timber forest products" such as honey, seeds, resins, etc. (2) The natural regeneration of regionally adapted trees and (3) the increase of local biodiversity as well as water and soil protection.

Self-determination of the village community and tree nursery program guarantee long-term success

The village communities manage the collective forest area together in a participatory process establishing common rules for the management of the new areas. Furthermore, the project will support the development of the local tree nursery programme for seedlings of native species and local "Farmer to Farmer Training" to further contribute to the development of additional sites for fencing areas in the region and for the afforestation of further areas in the region

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Aufforstung und Regeneration lokaler Wälder in Nord-Gondar / Äthiopien (ausfinanziert)

Emissions Reduction11.200 t CO2-eq in 30 years

Project DurationStart 2018, monitoring over 30 years.

Project Costs218.000 €

Costs per Tonne of CO219,5 €

Situation without the ProjectDeforestation and overgrazing

GoalConversion of 60 ha of fallow land into unequal-aged, stable coppice forest, and participatory management of pasture and forest areas