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Joint Declaration on Embracing a Living Lab Approach to Promote Carbon Neutrality

According to the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report, the window of opportunity for limiting global warming to 1.5 °C is rapidly vanishing. To collectively avoid the worst effects of climate change, there is an urgent call for implementing deep and sustained reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. The United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 13 also recognizes climate change as a key barrier to sustainability, and highlights the important and interconnected role climate action plays securing a sustainable future for all.

 

We Recognize:

  1. Universities play a vital role in driving research and innovation needed for society to avoid the worst effects of climate change.
  2. As institutes of knowledge creation, our unique responsibility to ambitiously advance solutions for carbon-neutral campuses will shape and contribute to a sustainable future for all.
  3. In pursuit of carbon neutrality, we regard our physical campuses as “living labs” that represent a vital asset in the research and development of solutions, serving test-beds for hands-on learning and advancing applied research.

 

We Pledge to:

  1. Affirm and uphold the UN Sustainable Development Goal 13 to take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts.
  2. Create and uphold an environment that encourages hands-on research and learning by students, staff, and faculty that advance novel ideas that contribute to carbon neutrality.
  3. Proactively foster diverse partnerships among campus stakeholders to promote campus-based testing and learning,
  4. Share and exchange best practices in “living lab” initiatives, and embrace opportunities to embrace this approach to testing, demonstrating, and advancing research on campus that reduces greenhouse gas emissions from campus operations

 

Participating Universities (in alphabetical order)

Chulalongkorn University
Chulalongkorn University
Khalifa University of Science and Technology
Khalifa University of Science and Technology
Korea University
Korea University
KTH Royal Institute of Technology
KTH Royal Institute of Technology
Nanyang Technological University
Nanyang Technological University
National University of Singapore
National University of Singapore
Nazarbayev University
Nazarbayev University
Taylor's University
Taylor's University
The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Tongji University
Tongji University
University of Liverpool
University of Liverpool
University of New South Wales Sydney
University of New South Wales Sydney
University of Science and Technology of China
University of Science and Technology of China
University of Toronto
University of Toronto
Zhejiang University
Zhejiang University