KTU is integrating the United Nations sustainable development goals (17SDG) in all areas of its activity. The University aims to develop responsible future leaders and specialists in their areas, and attempts to achieve long-term goals concerning well-being of people and environment. Following the guidelines of socially responsible activities, the University conducts educational activities, initiates projects; the principles of sustainable development are integrated in various University’s activities.

According to this attitude, the University aims for new knowledge and technologies to serve for the well-being of the people and the environment. It includes focusing on cultivating the culture of sustainable development and responsibility within the University’s community and strengthening of the University’s responsibility to the environment, society and region.

KTU’s strategy is aimed at strengthening the University’s responsibility to society and the country by consolidating its activities to improve the quality of human life and accelerate the development of statehood.

KTU acts in a responsible manner based on the common university values: Sustaining spirit and traditions of the University of Lithuania; Responsibility to society; Cooperation; Transparency of activities; Pro-activeness; Creativity; Professionalism; Academic integrity; Constant improvement.

Responsible attitude towards environment and the society at the University is based on the philosophy of sustainable development activities, such as:

  • Introducing the instruments of responsible and sustainable development at the University
  • Conducting educational activities
  • Initiating projects and activities contributing to the sustainability of the University, region and the world
  • Integrating sustainable development principles in various University’s activities: studies, research and administrative processes, enhancing the awareness and involvement of KTU community and improvement of its infrastructure
  • Cooperation in one of the main principles for the sustainability of environment, society and economic well-being
 

Equality and diversity

In order to fully implement the principles of the European Charter for Researchers and the Magna Charta of the European Universities, Kaunas University of Technology organises its activities while creating an open environment where individual differences, characteristics, potential and contribution of all its staff and students are acknowledged and appreciated. Each employee and student has a right to work and study in the environment that encourages respect to everyone’s dignity.
To foster and ensure the implementation of the fundamental human rights which are set out in the Constitution of the Republic of Lithuania and the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union, the Equality and Diversity Policy was approved and the University’s Equality Committee was established.

The members of the University’s Equality Committee

Head of the Human Resources Management Office Jurgita Giniūnienė (Chairwoman of the Committee), Address: K. Donelaičio Street 73, Kaunas, email: jurgita.giniuniene@ktu.lt
Arūnas Pūras, Head of the Building Administration Group
Asta Švarcaitė, Head of the Administration of the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Design
Mindaugas Žilys, Associate Professor of the Faculty of Electrical and Electronics Engineering
Živilė Rutkūnienė, Associate Professor of the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences
Danguolė Rutkauskienė, Associate Professor of the Faculty of Informatics
Danielius Gudauskas, student;
Dominykas Bartaška, student.

Tasks of the University Equal Opportunities Commission:

  1. to examine reports (complaints) of University employees and students regarding the violation or persecution of equal opportunities;
  2. to coordinate the implementation of the Equal Opportunities and Diversity Policy at the University;
  3. provide advice to managers, staff and students on equal opportunities issues;
  4. to prevent violations of equal opportunities.

The University Equal Opportunities Commission operates as an independent, objective and impartial body with no preconceived notions of discrimination, harassment, violations of equal opportunities and harassment.

Notification of a violation of equal opportunities

Possible cases of violation of equal opportunities or misconduct may be reported to the University:

email pranesk@ktu.lt or
In the electronic system of KTU employees pranesk.ktu.edu.

 

Global sustainable development goals – KTU sustainability

KTU sustainable development related activities are implemented according to the programmes of the United Nations:

10 UN Global Compact Principles UN Global Compact (Principles)

Global Compact is the largest voluntary social responsibility initiative of companies/corporations that has two main goals:

1) To help companies introduce the principles of Global Compact in their business strategy

2) To promote cooperation and partnership between various sectors within and outside the state to achieve the universal goals of global development

Global Compact is based on the principles of human rights, labour force and environmental protection that are established in the following international documents:

2015 September. The United Nations General Assembly has announced 17 global sustainable development goals, 169 targets and 230 indicators to meet by 2030.

The goals of sustainable development are a strategic direction for the development of the world, focused on various actors, taking bold and change-promoting measures.

The point is to take immediate action to “steer the world in a sustainable and flexible direction” “without leaving anyone aside”, as implementation is based on “fully beneficial cooperation between present and future generations”.

5 key elements for action on sustainable development goals:

  • people
  • planet
  • prosperity
  • peace
  • partnership

At the heart of the concept of sustainable development is the constructive interaction of the three main components – the environment, the economy and society.

For the generation that can be named as:

  • the first generation to overcome poverty, or
  • the last to have a chance to save the planet.

Human rights

Principle 1. Businesses should support and respect the protection of internationally proclaimed human rights.

Principle 2. Make sure that they are not complicit in human rights abuses.

Labour force

Principle 3. Businesses should uphold the freedom of association and the effective recognition of the right to collective bargaining.

Principle 4. Elimination of all forms of forced and compulsory labour.

Principle 5. Abolition of child labour.

Principle 6. Elimination of discrimination in respect of employment and occupation.

Environment

Principle 7. Businesses should support a precautionary approach to environmental challenges.

Principle 8. Undertake initiatives to promote greater environmental responsibility.

Principle 9. Encourage the development and diffusion of environmentally friendly technologies.

Anti-corruption

Principle 10. Businesses should work against corruption in all its forms, including extortion and bribery.

 

17 Global Sustainable Development Goals by 2030

#1
No Poverty

KTU ‘s Objectives to Achieve Goal # 1

1.1. Meeting basic needs is a prerequisite for greater public involvement in sustainable development. Therefore, the relevant faculties or research groups of KTU can significantly contribute to the reduction of poverty and economic exclusion in Lithuania, Europe or other countries of the world.
1.2. Integration of social (poverty) themes in interdisciplinary research.
1.3. Quality education – to avoid poverty.
1.4. KTU graduates are job creators.
1.5. KTU’s contribution to the improvement of the national social security system and measures.
1.b. to carry out research and analysis identifying the impact of investments on the reduction of poverty and social exclusion in Lithuania

#2
Zero Hunger

KTU Objectives to Achieve Goal # 2

2.2. KTU to develop and promote proper eating habits and abilities
2.4. Research and implementation of a sustainable food production, supply and consumption system

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#3
Good Health and Well-Being

KTU Objectives # 3 to achieve

3.4. Services and training for the KTU community on non-communicable diseases and promotion of mental health and well-being
3.5. Strengthen the prevention and treatment of substance abuse (narcotic drugs and alcohol)
3.6. Integrating road safety and responsible driving into a sustainable mobility plan to reduce traffic risks
3.9. Pollution prevention and management by reducing the impact on human health.
3.9. Indoor and outdoor air quality research for safe work and studies at KTU
3.a. Implement tobacco prevention measures and initiatives

#4
Quality Education

KTU Objectives to Achieve Goal # 4

4.3. Equal opportunities for men and women to study
4.4. Integrate entrepreneurial competencies for students in order to achieve higher employment of graduates and their contribution to the growth of public welfare
4.5. To provide opportunities for people with disabilities to study and work at KTU on an equal footing
4.7. Until 2030 to ensure that ALL learners acquire the knowledge and skills needed to promote sustainable development, including, but not limited to, education for sustainable development and the promotion of sustainable living, human rights, gender equality, peace and non-violent culture, global citizenship and cultural diversity and the contribution of cultures to sustainable development; development evaluation issues
4.a. Ensure a safe, non-violent, inclusive and effective learning environment at KTU
4.b. Integrate (for scholarships, invite students to study) students from developing countries into globally relevant study and research programs

#5
Gender Equality

KTU Objectives to Achieve Goal # 5

5.1. Discrimination against women at KTU is intolerable
5.2. Tolerance of all forms of violence against women and girls
5.2. KTU Research and Recommendations for Avoiding Violence
5.4. Promoting shared responsibility (men and women) in the household and in the family
5.5. Full and effective participation of women and equal opportunities for leadership at all levels of decision-making
5b. The use of enabling technologies, especially ICT, to promote women’s rights is research into the potential of innovative technologies
5.c. Gender equality issues are integrated into KTU’s policy, strategy and all regulations and procedures

#6
Clean Water and Sanitation

KTU Objectives # 6 to achieve

6.3. Improving water quality: (a) wastewater treatment technologies and systems; (b) responsible waste management (increasing recycling and safe re-use and eliminating landfills); (c) reducing the potential for other pollutants to enter water bodies
6.3. Promoting the responsible use of inland waters (sustainable tourism, responsible behavior)
6.4. Improving water efficiency: a) equipment and technology; (b) information; (c) awareness; (d) innovation
6.a. International and sectoral cooperation and research on water quality and efficiency management
6.b. Promoting local community initiatives, capacity building and involvement in water quality and resource management

#7
Afordable and Clean Energy

KTU Objectives to Achieve Goal # 7

#8
Decent Work and Economic Growth

KTU Objectives to Achieve Goal # 8

#9
Industry, Innovation and Infrastucture

KTU Objectives to Achieve Goal # 9

#10
Reduced Inequalities

KTU Objectives to Achieve Goal # 10

#11
Sustainable Cities and Communities

KTU Objectives to Achieve Goal # 11

#12
Responsible Consuption and Production

KTU Objectives to Achieve Goal # 12

#13
Climate Action

KTU Objectives to Achieve Goal # 13

#14
Life Below Water

KTU Objectives to Achieve Goal # 14

#15
Life on Land

KTU Objectives to Achieve Goal # 15

#16
Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

KTU Objectives to Achieve Goal # 16

#17
Partnerships for the Goals

KTU Objectives # 17 to achieve the goal

17.7. Encourage the development, transfer, dissemination and dissemination of environmentally sound technologies in cooperation with business, governmental and international organizations
17.8. Contribute to the application and development of enabling technologies, in particular information and communication technologies.
17.9. To contribute to the strengthening of effective and targeted capacities for the KTU community, the society of Kaunas and the whole of Lithuania, helping to achieve the goals of sustainable development
17.14. Ensure policy coherence for sustainable development at KTU
17.16. Expand the partnership for sustainable development, complemented by multi-stakeholder partnerships that bring together and share knowledge, expertise, technology and financial resources to support the achievement of sustainable development goals and their understanding of their importance in society
5/17/17 KTU to cooperate with organizations and associations that carry out or coordinate activities for sustainable development. KTU to play a proactive role in implementing sustainable development measures not only at KTU but also at the city or national level.
17.19. Follow existing initiatives to develop indicators for measuring progress in sustainable development to monitor KTU’s sustainable development activities and to prepare and publish sustainable development reports. Periodically review and improve the sustainable development strategy and plans, updating and complementing them with appropriate measures

Integrating Sustainable Development at KTU

One of the main goals of sustainable development, to which the University responds, is Quality Education (# 4).
Through studies, research and the management of the University’s infrastructure, we directly contribute to the fostering of a culture of sustainable development and form a responsible approach of the University to solutions relevant to society, business, the region and the environment.

Therefore, purposeful partnership (# 17) with business, social and other scientific and non-governmental organizations has a direct impact and creates value for the Kaunas and Lithuanian region, and international partnerships lead to the implementation of regional or global challenges.

The University supports the development of sustainable and smart cities (# 11). Together with the public sector and business, it contributes to the development of smart cities and a more sustainable environment to make the daily lives of people and businesses in the city as comfortable as possible.

The University develops resilient infrastructure, promotes inclusive and sustainable industrialization and contributes to innovation (# 9). The University also ensures sustainable consumption and production patterns (# 12) and takes urgent action to combat climate change and its effects (# 13).

The University strives to ensure a healthy life and promotes the well-being of all age groups (# 3). Promotes sustainable, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, productive employment and decent work (# 8). Efforts are being made to achieve gender equality and empower women and girls (# 5).

The coordinating representativeLolita Jurkšienė lolita.jurksiene@ktu.lt

The direct activities of the University do not contradict the values of sustainability implemented in the process of science and studies, they contribute to the establishment of these values and the demonstration of good examples.

KTU acts responsibly, based on the values of the university: The spirit and traditions of the University; responsibility to society; cooperation; transparency of activities; initiative; creativity; professionalism; academic integrity; continuous improvement.

The University adheres to international agreements and agreed principles of conduct, and also promotes social initiatives.

KTU voluntarily incorporates social and environmental principles into its activities.

The University works not only for the benefit of the KTU community, but also for the benefit of society as a whole.

The coordinating representative – Adriana Kviklienė adriana.kvikliene@ktu.lt

The University carries out educational activities, initiates projects, and integrates the principles of sustainable development in various activities of the University.

The aim is for new knowledge and technology to serve not only human well-being but also the environment. A culture of sustainable development and responsibility in the University community is purposefully fostered, contributing to ensuring the sustainability of KTU and strengthening responsibility for the environment, society and the region.

The university invests in human capital.

Research and results integrate sustainable development goals, which make a direct contribution to regional and KTU coherence.

University students gain the knowledge, skills and understanding to contribute to building a sustainable future.

Coordinating representative – Kristina Ukvalbergienė kristina.ukvalbergiene@ktu.lt

The quality, efficiency and effectiveness of the University’s activities are inseparable from responsible, environmentally friendly behavior, therefore the University integrates the principles of quality and sustainable development (# 16), forms a quality and ecological culture (# 15).

The University’s strategy is to strengthen the University’s responsibility to society and the country (# 16) by consolidating its activities to improve the quality of human life and accelerate the development of statehood (# 11). The most important activity in this direction is the formation and transfer of the University’s contribution to the vitality of the country and its sustainable economic, social and cultural development based on knowledge. The goals and activities of the University are focused on the creation of a person and his / her well-being (# 1) – both inside and outside the University:

  • The University is actively involved in the development of the city and the state.
  • The activities of the University comply with the principles of sustainable development, academic freedom and the Greater European University Charter.
  • Every member of the University community acts for the benefit of the University.
  • The University operates strategically outside of itself, creating a favorable environment for it to operate effectively. This shapes the uniqueness and visibility of the University, strengthens its reputation, and expands the content of university activities.
  • The basis of the university’s vitality is a creative student, a professional lecturer and an inventive researcher. The strategy of their opportunities for self-expression seeks to develop an environment with an efficient infrastructure and an attractive environment for communication and knowledge exchange.

The topics of sustainable development are included in all undergraduate study programs and are usually covered in more detail in at least 3-4 different study modules. For example, the study modules of the Bachelor’s study program “Industrial Biotechnology”, which deal with the topics of sustainable development: Introduction to Biotechnology, Sustainable Development, Surface and Colloid Chemistry, Engineering Economics, Bioproducts. Sustainable development topics are covered in most master’s degree programs (65%) and are often studied in at least 2 study modules. For example, the study modules of the Master’s study program “Economics”, which deal with the topics of sustainable development: Macroeconomic Policy, Quality and Sustainable Development Management.

KTU Faculty of Economics and Business participates in the United Nations-sponsored Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) initiative. The first progress report of the Faculty of Economics and Business on the implementation of the principles of Responsible Management Training can be found HERE.

Graduates of the Master’s program in Sustainable Management and Manufacturing acquire interdisciplinary competencies relevant to analyzing the challenges of business, industry and regional sustainability and to developing and integrating economically sound and environmentally and socially beneficial innovations to manage sustainability risks and identify innovative business opportunities.

KTU is a member of the European Consortium of Innovative Universities and, together with 12 other partner universities, participates in the ECIU University project, in which students address real-life challenges using a challenging learning approach. The challenges of ECIU University are focused on the 11th Sustainable Development Goal (# 11) – “to make cities and towns inclusive, secure, resilient and sustainable”. Municipalities, businesses, NGOs and communities offer challenges.

The study module “Creating Challenge-Based Innovation” in which students at KTU and other universities address real-life challenges related to sustainable development goals. Kaunas City Municipality, business and non-governmental organizations offer challenges to students. You can find some of the real-life challenges already solved here.

Master’s study programs provide an opportunity to choose MA + competencies. Students can choose the path of an area expert and deepen their knowledge and skills in the main field of study, or choose the path of an interdisciplinary expert and acquire knowledge and skills in another field or field of study. Several of the MA + competencies offered to students – “Circular Economy” and “Circular Design” – are focused on the goals of sustainable development.

Students of bachelor’s study programs can choose to study the study module “Sustainable Development” (students choose from two alternatives). The aim of this study module is to help the graduate gain a global, critical and reflexive awareness, understanding of the social, economic, cultural and environmental context in which the graduate will operate, an ethical position based on the principles of sustainable development.

Undergraduate students study the Product Development Project module, which brings together researchers, social partners and interdisciplinary student teams to work together to address real-world challenges and create a productive environment for developing new product ideas relevant to society. This module creates real products and services. The themes of the projects are formulated in accordance with the initiative of the year announced by the University, which reflects global (for example, in line with the goals of Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)), the European Union, the region, the city and the University.

Adaptability of studies for students with disabilities or individual educational needs https://studentams.ktu.edu/studiju-prieinamumas/

The University community is encouraged, empowered and supported by contributing to the coherence of KTU and the region through its personal or departmental activities.

KTU respects human rights and guarantees the rights of its employees.

Coordinating representative – Jurgita Giniūnienė jurgita.giniuniene@ktu.lt

Coordinating representative – Jurgita Giniūnienė jurgita.giniuniene@ktu.lt

Implementing the principle of gender equality, the University analyzes the gender pay gap and reports to the University Works Council.

The University community is encouraged, empowered and supported by contributing to the coherence of KTU and the region through its personal or departmental activities, in line with the goals of Gender Equality (# 5) and “Decent Work and Economic Growth” (# 8) for World Sustainable Development.

In order to ensure a work-life balance, which is particularly important for the implementation of gender equality, the University provides employees with access to statutory provisions and creates a family-friendly working environment: summer camps are organized for the children of KTU employees; children’s spaces shall be provided where all children of KTU employees can spend meaningful and interesting time during their holidays while their parents are working; prospective first-graders are provided with all the necessary tools and a ‘first-time basket’, not only to help them start a happy school journey, but also to give staff more time to spend on school supplies instead of wasting time shopping for school supplies; Not only employees but also their family members take part in the KTU Employees’ Summer Festival every year. It does not lack good mood and joyful bustle, as a really large group of children gather.

For university staff:

The legal acts adopted by the University regulating the procedures for hiring and evaluating employees, remuneration provisions, the procedure for granting employee leave (including paternity and maternity leave) are based on the universally recognized principles of equality, fairness, internal justice and impartiality and contribute to equal opportunities and diversity. implementation of the policy. Members of the University community are also provided with the opportunity to file appeals on both remuneration and employment relationships in accordance with the procedures set out in the University’s internal legislation.

KTU’s infrastructure and administrative activities are an example of achieving the goals of sustainable development.

Coordinating representative – Svajūnas Jakutis svajunas.jakutis@ktu.lt

KTU chooses renewable energy (# 7; # 9; # 12; # 13)

2019 a hybrid energy production system was developed in the buildings located at Studentu str. 48 and Studentų st. 48 A, which combines technical equipment producing and storing different types of energy, such as a solar power plant (380 kW), a 500 m3 heat storage, a 170 kW heat pump and a waste heat collection system. The energy production system reduces CO2 by about 318 tonnes per year. The data of the system are used in the study programs of the Faculty of Electricity and Electronics. The unique project has won worldwide recognition at the Energy Globe Awards. One and a half thousand innovative ideas from more than 180 countries around the world competed for such recognition.
The amount of investment is 1 million. euros.

2021 solar photovoltaic power plants were installed on the roofs of four buildings of KTU student town: Studentų str. 50, Studentų st. 67; Studentų st. 69, Studentų st. 71. The total solar photovoltaic power capacity of all buildings will be more than 465 kW. It is estimated that it will produce 432 thousand. kWh of electricity. the installation of solar photovoltaic power plants on the roofs of buildings will reduce CO2 emissions by 305 tonnes per year.
Investment amount: 420 thousand. euros.

2022 solar photovoltaic power plants will be installed on the roofs of four buildings of KTU student campus: Radvilėnų pl. 19 (Faculty of Chemical Technology), Studentu str. 54 (publishing house “Technologija”), Studentų str. 56 (Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Design) and K. Baršausko str. 59 (KTU Santaka Valley), we will additionally purchase one solar power plant from the existing power parks in the country. The total capacity of the solar photovoltaic power plant in all buildings will reach more than 1.5 thousand kW. It is projected to produce $ 1.46 million a year. kWh of electricity. The installation of solar photovoltaic power plants on the roofs of buildings and the purchase of a solar photovoltaic power plant from solar power parks will reduce CO2 emissions by 315 tonnes per year.
Investment amount: 1.7 million euros

In 2023, the University will independently generate at least 30% of the consumed electricity;
We reduce CO2 emissions by 938 tons per year;
Investments in alternative energy sources will reach 3.12 million. euros.

Sorting waste (# 12)

2019-2020 In the territory of the university instead of the old metal 4-6 cu. m. household waste containers are equipped with 6 underground container blocks with separate tanks for glass, plastic, paper and household waste. Since 2013 sorting boxes for secondary raw materials (paper, plastic, glass, batteries) have been built inside all university buildings (faculties, dormitories, rest rooms). Contracts with waste managers are concluded or renewed annually. Worn out org. the equipment is sold to buyers in accordance with the rules provided by the University. We hand over worn-out old furniture to waste handlers, who deliver it to recycling sites.

Promoting sustainable mobility (# 9; # 11; # 12; # 13; # 3)

In the territory of KTU student campus there are 4 electric charging stations for electric cars, 2 scooter rental points, bicycle storage places are installed next to each building where lectures take place. The dormitories also have storage facilities for scooters and bicycles.

 

Awards

| 2020 Researchers of the Department of Electric Power Systems at KTU have been awarded the International Sustainability Award in the Energy Globe Award category “National Winner” for the project “Implementation of Renewable Energy Sources in the IX Palace of Kaunas University of Technology”.
| 2017 Award of the Ministry of Environment of the Republic of Lithuania for the events of the Waste Reduction Week in 2016
2016 KTU’s sustainable development strategy and activities have earned the international recognition of the European Union – QUESTE-SI accreditation. “KTU International Assessment for Sustainable Development Presented
| 2016 – Kaunas city The award of the municipality is awarded to the educational institution in Kaunas, which has covered the most kilometers in the European bicycle challenge. The challenge of European cycling is over: the results of Kaunas people were surprised
| 2015 PR Lapės 2014. For promoting a long-term, environmentally friendly and most cost-effective initiative. Another international professional evaluation for KTU’s marketing and communication activities
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2013 KTU – The Most Rational Energy Consuming Company – ESO Green Protocol

2013 KTU has been awarded the QUESTE-SI award for sustainable development activities. KTU and APINI have won the highest QUESTE-SI awards

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