Energy campaign

The increase in energy consumption last year and the very high energy prices concerns us. Despite all the efforts, the climate and price crises necessitate an adjustment and acceleration of our energy policy.

A number of emergency measures are being implemented this winter to minimize the impact of energy prices. There are also certain actions you can do yourself or situations you can keep an eye on.

What does Ghent University do?

Heating and hot water

  • The start-up of heating is delayed as long as possible. We take into account the type and degree of insulation of each building.
  • Central heating systems are set to a lower temperature.
  • Heating is turned off at 4 p.m. The buildings then remain warm enough for some time. 
  • During evening hours, booking meeting and classrooms is limited to well-insulated buildings. This way we avoid heating certain buildings for only one evening activity.
  • During the autumn, Christmas, crocus and Easter breaks, a limited number of buildings are heated. These are accessible to everyone who comes to work on campus. Of course, class activities are taken into account.
  • The showers of the sports facilities in HILO and GUSB give only cold water.

Electricity

  • Air conditioners are used for academic purposes only. When activated, cooling is set to a minimum of 27°C.  
  • Lighting of campuses and parking lots is turned off between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m.
  • Mood lighting of monuments is extinguished between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. 
  • Lighting on exterior facades will be turned off as much as possible. 
Do you see any potential savings yourself, such as unnecessary heating that you cannot adjust yourself or a lab appliance that would be better turned off automatically? Send us your suggestions or remarks.

What can you do yourself?

In classrooms and meeting rooms

  • Keep the windows closed in mechanically ventilated classrooms. You can recognize these by the instruction sheet at the desk. 
  • Ventilate classrooms when they are not mechanically ventilated. Open a window when the CO2 meter reads 900 ppm but ventilate completely when the CO2 meter reads 1200 ppm.
  • Close all windows when leaving classrooms. Last winter, too many windows were left open at night and on weekends. 
  • Turn off the lights.
  • Turn off all equipment.

At your workplace

  • Use the thermostatic valve smartly: a setting of 3 is sufficient. When you ventilate the room and open the windows, turn off the radiator valves.
  • Close windows and doors in cold periods.
  • Extinguish lights in your absence.
  • Share the dishwasher, refrigerator, coffee maker, copier and scanner, etc.
  • Use sensbilisation tools. 
  • Become an energy ambassador and watch over sensible use of energy in your workplace, report situations of energy waste and suggestions at energie@ugent.be .

In laboratories 

  • Close fume hoods after use.
  • Turn off equipment after use.
  • Set your ultrafreezer to -70°C instead of -80°C. Follow guidelines when using an ultrafreezer.
  • Report defects or (expected) excessive consumption to energie@ugent.be.
  • Use sensbilisation tools. 
  • Become an energy ambassador and watch over sensible use of energy in your workplace, report situations of energy waste and suggestions at energie@ugent.be .

In student homes 

  • Use the thermostatic valve smartly: a setting 3 is sufficient. When you ventilate the room and open the windows, turn off the radiator valves.
  • Close windows and doors in cold periods.
  • Extinguish lights in absence.
  • Use sensbilisation tools. 
  • Become an energy ambassador and watch over sensible use of energy in your workplace, report situations of energy waste and suggestions at energie@ugent.be .


Energy policy of the UGent


Ghent University wants to reduce CO2 emissions and energy consumption and to build and renovate without fossil fuels. This means working on more space and energy efficiency and switching to green energy.

Are you curious about the results we are achieving and which measures are planned for the coming years? Read it in the energy policy plan 2020-2030 and the follow-up report: 2021.