04.06.2020

AGH UST acts for climate


Climate change and all its consequences are currently one of the main challenges faced by science. To address this pressing problem the AGH UST has launched a multidisciplinary team whose role will be to counteract the negative effects of global warming. “AGH for Climate” is the first inter-faculty team coordinating environmental research conducted at our University.

The AGH for Climate team was officially appointed in February by Professor Jerzy Lis, the then Vice Rector for Cooperation, currently AGH UST Rector-elect. The team comprises representatives of five faculties of the AGH University of Science and Technology conducting intensified research into environmental protection focused predominantly on combating the effects of climate change. The team will initiate new research, coordinate the University’s actions aiming at counteracting and adaptation to climate change as well as foster cooperation with administration, industry and research centres in Poland and abroad.

All members of the team have taken active part in consultations for the LIFE EKOMAŁOPOLSKA Project, in which AGH UST is a partner. It should be noted that AGH UST scientists have been involved in various initiatives concerning air quality in cooperation with several institutions, including Krakow Smog Alert, Małopolska Marshal’s Office, the Chief Inspectorate for Environmental Protection, Krakow City Council and the National Fund for Environmental Protection and Water Management.  AGH UST scientists run numerous projects connected with greenhouse gas emissions, including those delivered under the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) or the EU Horizon 2020 Framework Programme. 

AGH UST researchers have been looking into many other issues, including rational fuel use, development of renewable sources of energy and circular economy solutions, carbon footprint calculations, environmental monitoring research, low-emission mobility and sustainable urbanisation.