VIA University College

Digital CO2 calculator paves the way for more precise climate action at educational institution

Reference: VIA University College

VIA University College integrated the climate tool CarbonKey to update continuously their emissions in scope 1, 2 and 3. This provides the educational institution with climate accounting that is far more accurate especially in scope 3 and requires less manual work.

When VIA University College set out to prepare their ESG-report for 2022, it was with a significant addition in their toolbox: CarbonKey.

The total amount of emissions turned out to be almost 9 times higher compared to the previous year – which according to VIA University College and vocational college director Kirsten Suhr Bundgaard is a positive thing as it is the result of VIA’s more accurate data.

“We have learned a lot about our emissions in this process, but most importantly we have uncovered what we need to know more about. We have the overview, and now we need to start understanding our emissions better, so that we can focus our efforts,” she says.

In 2021, without CarbonKey, VIA’s indirect emissions in scope 3 amounted to 47%. That figure rose in the latest climate report to 93.4%. VIA University published its first ESG-report in 2021 and knew beforehand that the result of the climate accounting would change.

“We chose to present the figures for 2021, knowing that our tools for calculating the climate impact had to be improved, and now they are by applying, among other things, CarbonKey. We must now use the improved results to work wisely and set targets for reducing CO2-emissions and develop an effective climate action plan for VIA University College,” says Kirsten Suhr Bundgaard.

Reference: VIA University College

Contract period: 2023

Climate accounting month by month

CarbonKey delivers a unified and automated account across scope 1, 2 and 3, which is based on high-precision emission factors and loading data from invoices. It happens continuously, and it offers a completely new way of relating to your climate account, says Ida Stokkebye Rueskov from Viegand Maagøe, who has developed the tool in collaboration with KMD.

“This means that companies and others who use the tool can auto-generate a monthly account in the same way as they do their financial accounts today. It gives a completely different insight and the opportunity to adapt the effort on an ongoing basis. It will create a quantum leap in ESG reporting,” she says.

Calculations in CarbonKey are based on international standards and cover more than 80,000 product categories, and the CO2 calculator itself collects the relevant data from e.g. the purchasing system. It ensures a minimum of prior and resource-intensive collection of data from the company.

About CarbonKey (in Danish)
We want to help drive sustainable development, because it means something to both our students and employees, and it entails a green transformation of VIA. That is why it is also hugely positive that we have now automated the work with the climate accounts, and at the same time have learned more about where we need to invest.
Kirsten Suhr Bundgaard
VIA University College

Calculates scenarios for reduction measures

While the reporting provides insight into emissions, CarbonKey also has a scenario calculator that actively supports the implementation of a climate strategy.

“It is a simple way to create a simulation, so that you as a company can see how the climate accounting and the financial accounting are affected, if you e.g. replacing beef with chicken or a plant-based alternative. This makes it easier to understand where you can intervene with the greatest effect, and subsequently also to follow up on your measures,” explains Ida Stokkebye Rueskov from Viegand Maagøe.

At VIA University College, Vocational College Director Kirsten Suhr Bundgaard looks forward to continuing the institution’s efforts on reducing their CO2 emissions, and she is pleased that the large and important task has become more accessible with the improved results created by e.g. CarbonKey.

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VIA University College
  • One of Denmark’s 6 vocational colleges
  • 19,100 students
  • 21,000 on further education
  • 2,100 employees
  • 1.7 billion DKK in turnover

Do you want to know more about CarbonKey and how it can help your company or organization with better climate accounts? Contact Jia Johannes Chen.

Jia Johannes Chen

Jia Johannes Chen

Project Manager, MSc Eng in Design and Innovation

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