Companies and organisations located on Wageningen Campus pay special attention to sustainability. On campus, there are numerous examples of sustainable construction, energy efficiency and innovations in the field of sustainability. The campus is 80% climate neutral.
Wageningen Campus is one of the most sustainable knowledge centres in the Netherlands. Examples are the expansion of thermal storage at Wageningen Campus and the use of stringent sustainability criteria for building construction, maintenance and renovation.
On Wageningen Campus, water use has been reduced in several ways. In the Wageningen University & Research buildings Gaia and Lumen, greywater is used to limit the amount of drinking water used. RIKILT has adjusted its cooling system so that it uses much less water than previously and, at various sites, natural spring water is used to conserve tap water.
In many of Wageningen University & Research’s buildings, Heat and Cold Storage (HCS) is used. In this system, heat and cold are stored in a sand layer between 40 and 90 metres underground. In summer the buildings are cooled with water pumped up from below and in winter, warm water is pumped up and is used for heating the ventilation air. Through its wind turbines (on a wind farm in Lelystad), Wageningen University & Research also supplies the power grid with as much energy as Wageningen UR uses.
A special part of the greenery on campus is on the roof of the NIOO-KNAW building that can both store water and regulate the temperature of the building below and can even supply electricity through the plants growing on the roof. The roof is a testing ground in the field of ecotechnology, in which NIOO-KNAW conducts research.
The FrieslandCampina building on campus also contains numerous technological innovations in the field of sustainability. Innovative energy concepts have been applied in this new building, including HCS, photovoltaic cells and a sustainable air-conditioning system. Sustainable energy is also utilised in the form of biogas recovered from dairy farms via a certification system.