Introduction

ghAlMaarefa University (UM) is a private establishment of higher education, designed to fulfill a recognized public function, by meeting clearly identified needs in important domains for national development. By adopting an innovative approach to teaching and learning, by making intensive use of cutting-edge educational technologies, UM attracts students from a broadly targeted clientele, namely high school graduates (both male and female) from the Riyadh region, from other regions of Saudi Arabia, and from the GCC states.

This document is a report assessment of the Carbon Footprint. As a leading educational institution in Saudi Arabia, we acknowledge our responsibility to be sustainability leaders and promote environmentally and socially responsible practices within our university community.

Sustainability is a core pillar of our mission and vision, and we are committed to addressing environmental and social challenges through responsible management and concrete actions. This report has been prepared as part of our ongoing efforts to measure and reduce our environmental impact, as well as to enhance our contribution to sustainability at both local and global levels.

Objectives
  1. Assess the Carbon Footprint of AlMaarefa University: Conduct a comprehensive assessment of our greenhouse gas emissions to gain a full understanding of our climate impact.
  2. Identify Areas for Improvement: Identify areas where we can enhance our practices and reduce our carbon footprint, both in our day-to-day operations and academic activities.
  3. Foster Sustainability on Campus: Drive sustainability initiatives and promote responsible practices across all levels of the university, involving students, faculty, non-teaching staff, and administration.
  4. Contribute to Global Goals: Align with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and other international commitments related to sustainability.
Methodology

To carry out this Carbon Footprint and sustainability assessment, we have adopted a multidimensional approach that encompasses:

  1. Data Analysis: Collection and analysis of data on energy consumption, transportation, waste, water usage, and other aspects related to our operations.
  2. Life Cycle Assessment: Evaluation of the life cycle of resources and materials used in our academic and administrative activities.
  3. Surveys and Consultations: Surveys and consultations with the university community to gather feedback and insights on our current practices and improvement opportunities.

All data collected and analyzed within this report follow the World Resources Institute GHG Protocol principles of relevance, completeness, consistency, transparency and accuracy.

Scope of the Report

This report covers all faculties, administrative departments, and academic activities of AlMaarefa University. The main campus facilities and operations during the 2022 have been considered, with a particular focus on our greenhouse gas emissions.

Carbon Footprint Measurement

The year chosen as the baseline is 2021, the year 2020 was discarded because it was affected by the pandemic (low building occupancy, low operating consumption), which led to a decrease in emissions.

 

Distance travelled (km)

Net emissions  tCO2

vs. 2021

Mobility

0.58

1965,81

8.4%

Table 1: Mobility emissions

 

Consumption  MWh

vs. 2021

Gross emissions tCO2e

vs. 2021

Electricity

8772000

+1.1%

8772

-11.8%

Table 2: Electricity emissions

Waste

Type

Treatment

Volume (tonnes)

tCO2e

Mixed

Incineration

179.5

3.8

Organic

Compost

136.5

1.2

Paper

Recycled

70.6

1.4

Glass

Recycled

23.8

0.5

Plastic

Recycled

6.2

0.1

Metal

Recycled

8

0

Wood

Recycled

43.4

0.9

Total

467.9

8

Table 3: Waste emissions

 

Emissions source

2022

2021

Scope 1

Natural gas

122,00

 

Company cars

130,00

138

Scope 2

Electricity

1.572

8.772,00

 

9.887,10

Cold supply

1.797,00

 

Scope 3

Business travel (flights and rail)

895,81

917

Minibus (including internal mail)

768,00

781

Rental cars

172,00

179

Waste

8,00

10

Totals

Total Scope 1

252,00

138,00

Total Scope 2

10.569,00

11.459,10

Total Scope 3

1.843,81

1.887,00

Total gross emissions

12.664,81

13.484,10

Electricity (green tariff)

-2.549,00

-2.491

Total net emissions

10.115,81

10.993,10

Intensity

Population

2.028,00

1.987,00

 

Net emissions per people

4,99

5,53

Table 4: Scopes

 

2022 performance summary

 

2021

2022

VS. BASELINE 2021

Total net emissions

10.993

10.115

-7,99

Population

1.987

2.028

2,06

Net emissions per people

5,53

4,99

-9,85

Table 5: summary