Clean Water and Sanitation

6.2.1 Measure the total volume of water used in the university that is taken from mains supply, desalinated, or extracted from rivers, lakes, or aquifers

6.2 Water Consumption

The AASTMT makes use of treated tap water sourced from a government water purification plant and extracts water from underground sources. Specifically, groundwater is utilized for irrigation purposes. In 2018, AASTMT initiated the monthly recording of water consumption for the Abu Kir campus in Alexandria as an initial step toward tracking usage patterns. Since then, data has been consistently monitored as part of a research project within AASTMT aimed at identifying the carbon footprint of the Abu Kir campus. The project's objective was to establish a framework for ongoing monitoring and reporting of water consumption on both yearly and monthly scales. This initiative is crucial in mitigating climate change by reducing AASTMT's greenhouse gas emissions.​​​​​​​

6.2.1 Quantify the Overall Amount of Water Consumed within the University Premises, which Includes Water Sourced from the Municipal Supply, Desalinated Water, and Water Extracted from Rivers, Lakes, or Aquifers.

Water usage is methodically measured through the installation of flow meters at all AASTMT campuses, and this information is consistently recorded. The documented data includes the consumption of water for diverse purposes such as drinking, cooking, fire suppression, laundering, pool maintenance, irrigation, and sanitation.

Carbon Footprint Estimation and Reduction in the AASTMT Campus Towards developing a Model for Promoting Sustainable Development Goals (Green Campus)

Maintaining a comprehensive record of water bills for each AASTMT campus and analyzing the overall water consumption of the university is crucial for several reasons. Firstly, it enables the university to actively monitor and manage its water usage patterns, identifying areas of high consumption and potential areas for optimization. By having detailed records, AASTMT can implement targeted water conservation measures, promoting sustainability and reducing environmental impact. Additionally, analyzing water bills provides valuable data for budgeting and resource allocation, allowing the university to make informed decisions about water-related expenditures. The main objective of the study is to calculate a transparent carbon footprint of AASTMT’s Abu Kir campus from 2018 to 2021, identify the role of COVID-19 on the carbon footprint of AASTMT. The project aimed to establish a framework for ongoing monitoring and reporting of water consumption, both yearly and monthly, which can help to mitigate climate change by reducing AASTMT’s greenhouse gas emissions. Abu Kir campus was used as a pilot project as an initial step.

The report provides a detailed analysis of water consumption and resulting carbon emissions in AASTMT. It includes data on water consumption for each year from 2018 to 2021, as well as figures and tables that illustrate the trends in water consumption and carbon emissions over time. For example, Figure 8 shows the total amount of water consumption in cubic meters per year, while Figures 9 to 16 visualize the monthly water consumption and resulting emissions for each year individually. The graphs exhibit variations in water consumption and emissions throughout the year, which can be attributed to various factors such as the academic calendar, weather, and specific events or activities on campus. The report also presents figures that show the emissions resulting from water consumption, such as Figure 11, which displays the calculated emissions (in kg CO2e/year) from water consumption in 2018. 

In addition, the report highlights various measures that have been implemented to reduce water consumption and associated carbon emissions on campus, such as the installation of water-efficient fixtures and the implementation of water conservation campaigns. 

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Carbon Footprint Report for AASTMT Campus-Towards developing a Model for Promoting Sustainable Development Goals (Green Campus)