King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi (KMUTT) actively contributes to Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 12, which aims to ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns. KMUTT’s approach to this goal is multifaceted, encompassing education, research, and sustainable campus operations.
In terms of education, KMUTT integrates the principles of sustainable consumption and production into its curriculum across various disciplines. This educational approach is designed to instill in students an understanding of the importance of sustainability in their professional and personal lives. By educating the next generation of leaders, engineers, and scientists about sustainable practices, KMUTT plays a crucial role in fostering a more sustainable future.
KMUTT’s research initiatives also contribute significantly to SDG 12. The university conducts research in areas such as waste management, renewable energy, and sustainable materials. These projects aim to develop innovative solutions that can reduce environmental impact and promote efficient use of resources. By advancing knowledge and technology in these areas, KMUTT’s research contributes to more sustainable production and consumption patterns globally.
Moreover, KMUTT is committed to sustainable campus operations. The university implements various practices to reduce waste, conserve energy, and promote recycling. These efforts not only reduce the university’s environmental footprint but also serve as a practical model for sustainable practices that can be adopted by other institutions and communities.
Through these combined efforts in education, research, and sustainable operations, KMUTT contributes to the global endeavor to achieve SDG 12, ensuring that sustainable consumption and production patterns are at the forefront of its institutional agenda.
12.2 OPERATIONAL MEASURES
1. A policy on ethical sourcing of food and supplies
KMUTT provides a clear and concise policy on sustainable development, environmental preservation and sustainability. We pursue our HM The King’s sufficiency economy philosophy for sustainable development with surrounding communities; moreover, focusing on conservation of biodiversity and maintenance of ecosystem. To achieve the target, KMUTT transforms campus to be an integral learning space where staffs and students become a main role to contribute sustainable development awareness at every opportunity or as known as social change agent. In term of responsible consumption and production, KMUTT provides food safety policy to ensure that all students and staffs can access to clean water and healthy food. This would represent on their safety life while studying at KMUTT.
|KMUTT Policy Food and drinking safety policy within KMUTT
We also fully implement the policies for operations in accordance with the ministerial regulations prescribing supplies and procurement methods that the government wants to promote or support (No. 2) 2020 on environmentally friendly purchasing. The campaign to promote and publicize has been implemented to all university personnel to understand the importance of these issues and will be a part of changing new behaviors, choosing products and services that are environmentally friendly as well as aiming to expand the effect on both the public and private agencies to benefit the nation.
|Ministerial Regulations, Titles Determining Procurement and Purchasing Methods That the State Wants to Promote or Support, No. 2
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3. A policy, process or practice on waste disposal and hazardous materials
King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi (KMUTT) has a clear policy towards becoming a sustainable university. We are committed to reducing the use and release of hazardous substances that affect the safety of students. By systematically reporting the possession, use and discharge of hazardous substances, hazardous wastes, KMUTT is a university with safety management that is a role model for students. It also aims to expand the impact on both public and private sectors in applying these management systems to the nation.
|Safety Policy in KMUTT
Handout of hazardous Waste of KMUTT
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4. Policies around use minimisation
At King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi (KMUTT), there is a clear policy towards becoming a sustainable university, which means striving for the creation of a sustainable society, i.e., a modern and caring sovereign society, caring for and developing the world’s ecosystems. This approach to sustainable universities. This happens when using the “sufficiency economy philosophy” as the base for decision-making. This leads to the creation of graduates and staff who help each other to become leaders of change in order to achieve a desirable society (Social Change Agent), which the university has a waste management system, which is the policy of the university with the support of the management. The management system has been developed taking into account activities within the university. Encourage everyone to participate in various forms of waste management, such as promoting waste sorting, as waste sorting can reuse some of the waste that can be used. This will reduce the amount of waste that needs to be disposed of. Organize waste collection and transportation systems within the university and outside to ensure proper and correct waste management as well as promoting cognitive and practical aspects of university. For more information, please follow the link: http://sustainable.kmutt.ac.th/waste/say-no-to-single-use-plastics/
Handout for Waste Management of KMUTT
|Municipal Solid Waste Management System
|Municipal Solid Waste
|Collection and logistic system in KMUTT
Solid waste generated within King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi waste will be sorted into 5 categories: food waste, recyclable waste, non-recyclable waste, toxic waste, and material waste and some types of waste are used, for example, food waste will be brought into the biogas system. Recycled waste will go to the waste bank. Some of the scrap material is recycled or enters the waste bank.
The waste that KMUTT cannot processed in-house will then be sent to be disposed of through the BMA. The BMA will send to the Nong Khaem Solid Waste Disposal Center to enter the waste management system.
Nong Khaem Solid Waste Disposal Center
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5. Policy for minimisation of plastic use
KMUTT set up Plastic Reduction program since 2015 and make our goal to “No BIG 4” single use plastics usage (Plastic Bags / Plastic bottles / Plastic Straws / Plastic spoon and fork) within KMUTT by 2020. We are proud that the plastic reduction program was a major success to our campuses. KMUTT initiated the campaign since 2015 which was used to educate and promote all students and staff to reduce plastic bottle by using personal mug campaign. In 2018, KMUTT has launched student engagement projects which one of the most attractive projects is “Say No to Single Use Plastic “which fit to the goal of Plastic Reduction Program in KMUTT. Also, in 2018 KMUTT promote Personal Food Container usage for all in KMUTT which align to Personal mug usage. For this campaign, all canteen, food court, coffee shops and convenient store join these activities by 5 Baht discount per each of personal food container usage and personal mug usage. Furthermore, KMUTT launch the new campaign to reduce plastic bag by promote all freshman to use fabric bag and reuse bag. Moreover, KMUTT Student council promote this campaign to all students in KMUTT to make KMUTT can reach our goal by 2020.
|Policy to reduce the use of single-use plastics (Single use Plastics)
6. Policy for minimization of disposable items
KMUTT provides waste management system and encourages student and staff to reduce, reuse, recycle and proper management on treatment and disposal which comply to standard practice and SDG2030. Both municipal solid waste and hazardous waste are managed according to waste hierarchy of reduction, reuse, recycle, treatment and responsible disposal. KMUTT is committed to
1.Waste minimization and waste reduction: Encourage waste source reduction by using the waste minimization and reduce hazardous chemical usage and encourage using products that can be reused or recycled.
2.Reuse and repair: Encourage to reuse equipment, materials or chemicals and repair equipment, materials that can be efficiently use.
3.Recycle: Encourage to recycling of Aluminums and steel cans, cardboard, glass bottles, paper, plastic cartons, scrap metal, shoe bank, textile bank, toner and ink jet cartridges by using recyclable waste bank. Also, encourage to recycling hazardous materials or chemicals if it can be efficiently done.
4.Treatment: Encourage to manage both municipal solid waste and hazardous waste in standard practices and meet regulations on waste treatment.
5.Responsible disposal: Ensure disposal in both municipal solid waste, hazardous waste and electrical waste (E Waste) are carried out in standard practices and meet regulations. Ensure all waste are managed with manual and followed standard practices.
|KMUTT Waste Management Policy
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7. Disposable policy: extensions to service
In 2019, KMUTT launched the new campaign to reduce plastic bag by promote all freshman to use fabric bag and reuse bag. All freshmen students get their own fabric bag from University at the beginning of the year. Also, there are more than 20 “Please Reuse Me “corners within campus where provide fabric bags for borrowing . Furthermore, KMUTT communicate all student and staff to join this campaign by using E communication via Facebook, Line, Instagram and video clip to promote KMUTT’s fabric bag usage which provide for all in a reasonable price in KMUTT bookstore . All convenient stores such as 7-ELEVEN, Amazon and D’ORO coffee shop, bookstores, outsources, canteen and food courts within KMUTT have joined the campaign .Moreover, KMUTT Student council promote this campaign to all students in KMUTT which make KMUTT can reach our goal to plastic usage reduction by 2020. According to our activities above , the result in 2019 shows 60% reduction of plastics usage in KMUTT compare to 2017 baseline.
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8. Minimisation policies extended to suppliers
KMUTT launched the new campaign to reduce plastic bag by promote all freshman to use fabric bag and reuse bag. All students get their own fabric bag from university at the beginning of the year. Also, there are more than 20 “Please Reuse Me “corners within campus where provide fabric bags for borrowing. Furthermore, KMUTT communicate all student and staff to join this campaign by using E communication via Facebook, Line, Instagram and video clip to promote KMUTT’s fabric bag usage which provide for all in a reasonable price in KMUTT bookstore. All convenient stores such as 7-ELEVEN, Amazon and D’ORO coffee shop, bookstores, outsources, canteen and food courts within KMUTT have joined the campaign. Moreover, KMUTT Student council promote this campaign to all students in KMUTT which make KMUTT can reach our goal to plastic usage reduction by 2020. According to our activities above, the result in 2019 shows 60% reduction of plastics usage in KMUTT compared to 2017 baseline.
King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi has a practice and has an environmentally friendly procurement policy.
|KMUTT Policy environmentally friendly supplies
|Definition “Chapter 7/2 environmentally friendly supplies Article 27/4 In this section, “environmentally friendly supplies” means goods or services that affect less environmental over or lower than the same product but has the same qualities or qualities or higher than the same product or service considering Procedures for raw material procurement, production, transportation, and reuse, recycle and disposal”
Learning Exchange building
Learning Exchange building (LX) at Bangmod campus was opened for services in October 2019. The concept design of building is for education in the 21st century under the slogan of “EVERY WHERE IS FOR LEARNING, EVERTY TIME IS LEARNING AND EVERY ONE IS EDUCATOR”. This building is designed and constructed base on US Green Building Council’s LEED rating system. TREES help guiding for design and construct architecture that is environmentally friendly and can increase occupant well–being and productivity comprehensively. The following table shows construction materials which not only made from recycled material but also receive green or eco label as follows:
R– Products made from recycled material
L– In–house product ( save energy on transportation and support local business)
G– Green products and eco label
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12.3 PROPORTION OF RECYCLED WASTE
1. Related information on our university as a body on measuring the amount of waste generated and recycled across the university.
“You can’t improve what you don’t measure.”
It is unavoidable that all of us in KMUTT generate significant municipal solid waste. Various activities involving students, faculty members, administrative staff, and others contribute to the consumption patterns of energy, water, and other resources that influence the environment either directly or indirectly. A waste audit, waste composition, waste recycled, and amount of waste sent to landfill were analyzed to assess waste flows and actual waste management behaviors and measure the change in the recycling rate.
1. Amount of waste generated
King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi the amount of waste generated is 408,328 kg/year.
2. Amount of waste recycled
King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi Recycled waste 44,256 kg/year
3. Amount of waste sent to landfill
King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi has garbage sent to the landfill waste 324,088 kg/year
To achieve the KMUTT university policy, municipal solid waste (MSW) management system has been developed since 2002. The system consists of the three main parts: waste segregation, waste collection and waste utilization. Organic waste, recycled waste, non-recycled waste, toxic waste and workshop waste are generate within campus. The system is continuously developing through various activities such as exhibition and training program, which occur 5 times per year. The chart below gives information about the generation rate of municipal solid waste in kg/capita-year, recently the generation rate of municipal solid waste is at 23.17 kg/capita-year. In early 2006, the waste generation rate was 35.84 kg/person per year, in 2022 it could be reduced by 35.34%.
KMUTT Municipal solid wastes in 2022
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12.4 PUBLICATION OF SUSTAINABILITY REPORT
1. Related information on our publication of sustainability report.
KMUTT Sustainable Report 2022 (English Version) available on this
KMUTT Sustainability Report 2021 (English Version) available on this
KMUTT Sustainability Report 2020 (English Version) available on this
KMUTT Sustainability Report 2019 (English Version) available on this
KMUTT Sustainability Report 2018 (English Version) available on this
Sustainability at KMUTT EBOOK available on this