NED University is the oldest institution and one of the leading engineering universities of Pakistan. On February 12, 2018, the worthy Vice Chancellor of NED University Dr. Sarosh H. Lodi has signed the Talloires Declaration to become Carbon Neutral Campus and brought Pakistan as a member of Talloires Signatory List. As an institution of higher education, concerned about the state of the world environment and the advancement of sustainable development, NED University shall strive to promote actions that will achieve a sustainable future. By signing the Talloires Declaration, a university agrees to Increase Awareness of Environmentally Sustainable Development, Create an Institutional Culture of Sustainability, Educate for Environmentally Responsible Citizenship, Foster Environmental Literacy for All, Practice Institutional Ecology, Involve all Stakeholders, Collaborate for Interdisciplinary Approaches, Enhance Capacity of Primary and Secondary Schools, Broaden Service and Outreach Nationally and Internationally, and Maintain the Movement.
The term carbon neutrality is generally refers to achieving a net zero carbon emission. The task of achieving carbon neutrality requires taking two parallel lines of actions.
1. Reducing Carbon Emission: In order to reduce carbon emission on campus following measures need to be taken such as Creating general awareness, carbon emission studies, improving energy efficiency to reduce carbon emission related to energy generation/ making the campus green and use of renewable energy sources.
2. Balancing Carbon Emission: In order to balance carbon emission on campus following measures need to be taken such as tree plantation, optimize water use, optimize land use and turning the campus into forested campus.
NED University has started working on this initiative and Five Steering Committee meetings have been organized. Active working on creating general awareness, tree plantation, waste water treatment, solar power harvesting, and efficient use of energy has been initiated. NED University aims to achieve carbon neutrality by its centennial year 2021.