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About U.Porto - Sustainability

Thinking about the well-being of current and - above all - future generations, the University of Porto positions itself as an agent of change in favour of sustainable development. And we are keen to set an example through concrete initiatives and actions.

Aware of the important role it plays in the areas of education and scientific research, but also of social responsibility and the defence of the common good, the U.Porto is an institution strongly committed to the achievement of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals defined by the United Nations, within the 2030 Agenda.

It is no coincidence that sustainability is now an increasingly present mark in the rooms and laboratories of the University. Whether through the offer of courses and curricular units where it is addressed in its various dimensions (environmental, social and economic); or through the promotion of research projects aimed at responding to the major global challenges that society faces in areas such as health, climate, biodiversity or renewable energy.

Rooted in the whole academic community, this "culture of sustainability" is imprinted in the campus itself, through the implementation of measures aimed at energy efficiency in buildings, the valorisation of the waste produced, or the promotion of sustainable mobility (e.g.: U-Bike project). And we breathe it in the increasing number of green spaces that paint the University campus.

At this level, the role of the Faculty of Engineering should be highlighted, the first Portuguese higher education institution to publish, in 2006, its sustainability report. Of the numerous actions underway at FEUP, the recently created [email protected] (Education for Sustainable Development) project stands out, for example, which aims at the development of competences in sustainability in the different study cycles at the institution.

In the front line for a more sustainable world

Positioning itself as a leading player in the field of sustainability, U.Porto has also sought to spread initiatives such as the Sustainable Campus Network to other Portuguese universities. The inaugural conference - held at FEUP in 2019 - resulted in the signing of the first letter of commitment for sustainable development, within the framework of Portuguese higher education.

At a local level, U.Porto is one of the institutions subscribing to the Porto Climate Pact. Through this initiative, the University commits its scientific resources and technological innovations to the sustainable development of the city and, in particular, to its carbon neutrality objectives.

The University of Porto is also the headquarters of the Common House of Humanity, a network that advocates the global governance of the Earth's natural resources.