Taipei, National Pingtung University of Science & Technology (NPUST) has been ranked No. 1 in Taiwan and No. 4 in Asia on the 2020 list of the most sustainable universities worldwide, according to the university.
It is the seventh consecutive year that NPUST has retained the No. 1 spot in Taiwan and has been listed among the greenest universities in Asia and the world, the GreenMetric World University Rankings showed.
On the 2020 global list, NPUST was ranked 31st, up from 37th in 2019, while it moved up two places in the Asia rankings from 6th last year.
The university in southern Taiwan has attributed its achievements to its efforts to improve its infrastructure and waste disposal.
“This year, the school has replaced lamps on campus and light tubes in classrooms with LED energy-saving ones, and old-style air-conditioners were replaced with variable-frequency air-conditioners to save energy,” Chang Chin-lung (張金龍), head of NPUST Office of General Affairs said in a statement issued on Dec. 23.
“Solar panels were also added to the campus to increase the use of green energy.”
Meanwhile, National Chi Nan University, Da-Yeh University, National Cheng Keng University, Chaoyang University of Technology, National Yunlin University of Science & Technology, and Nanhua University Taiwan followed NPUST in the Taiwan rankings, in that order, and were among the top 100 in the GreenMetric World University Rankings of 912 schools worldwide.
The rankings are based on six main indicators — setting and infrastructure, energy and climate change, waste, water, transportation, and education — according to the GreenMetric website.
The top five universities on the global list are Wageningen University & Research in the Netherlands; University of Oxford, University of Nottingham, and Nottingham Trent University in the United Kingdom; and University of California, Davis, in the United States, the list shows.
The UI GreenMetric World University Rankings were launched in 2010 by Universitas Indonesia, providing the results of online surveys on the sustainability, conditions and environmental policies of universities worldwide.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel