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Kaunas University of Technology

KTU is one the largest technological universities in the Baltics. Known for its linkages with business, leadership in scientific research, flexible interdisciplinary study programmes and unforgettable study experience, KTU is fast forwarding to becoming an internationally acknowledged institution of higher education.

Kaunas University of Technology

Our challenges

Challenges of the Kaunas University of Technology

Development and supporting of informal networks for transformation of Kaunas towards the Sustainable Learning City

Kaunas aims to be a role model for other learning cities in Lithuania and to contribute to the creation of an information and knowledge society in the country.

Quality Education, Sustainable Cities and Communities, Climate Action
One ticket system travelling across Lithuania

Different companies operate different types of transportation, such as trains and buses. From the passenger perspective, that means buying a different ticket.

Sustainable Cities and Communities, Climate Action
Transition of a City Towards Circular Economy

The second-largest city in Lithuania, Kaunas, requires a much stronger focus on the transition towards a circular economy that brings great opportunities to cities and citizens. Modernisation, transformation and sustainability are inevitable for the economy. It is not only beneficial for the competitive market but also for the substantial economic effect.

Sustainable Cities and Communities, Climate Action, Partnerships for the Goals
Transforming a Municipality into a Digital City

Digitalisation has the potential not only for business but also for the city governance and closure with the society; to improve the quality of public services in terms of efficiency and transparency and even extend local authorities service scheme.

Sustainable Cities and Communities, Partnerships for the Goals
Efficient management of resources in Kaunas city

As eliminating waste and the continual use of resources is one of the European Union’s goals, cities need to enable the circular economy transition.

Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure, Sustainable Cities and Communities, Climate Action, Responsible Consumption and Production
New ways of modern energy consumer engagement

Today energy consumers in developed countries have multiple opportunities to actively participate in energy network: from buying rooftop solar and becoming prosumer, to selling flexibility services with personal EV or home storage. However, utilities struggle to engage consumers to consume energy efficiently and act in the name of a better network.

Sustainable Cities and Communities, Climate Action, Affordable and Clean Energy
Transition of Kaunas towards circular economy

The transition towards a more circular economy brings great opportunities for Kaunas city and its citizens.

Sustainable Cities and Communities, Responsible Consumption and Production
Changing the game in household waste sorting

Households produce a variety of waste which require different disposal methods. However, in Lithuania, municipal solid waste that ends up at mechanical biological treatment plants consists of ~20% of reusable material. Despite the fact that food waste is the main cause of contamination in other recycling streams, the skills of Kaunas region population in segregation of kitchen and food waste are almost non-existing.

Sustainable Cities and Communities, Climate Action, Clean Water and Sanitation, Responsible Consumption and Production
Increasing energy sustainability among consumers

Lithuania is striving to achieve the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) to become carbon neutral by 2050, therefore, the engagement of public and private actors is crucial. The energy sector is transforming by applying new regulations and modern technologies, it is becoming greener, more decentralized, and empowers consumers more than ever.

Sustainable Cities and Communities, Climate Action, Affordable and Clean Energy
In progress
Creating an environmentally-friendly community for pets, pet parents and cities

With thousands of pets living in cities, it is essential to ensure the suitability of the environment not only for the pets and their owners but also for the community. A large number of pets in the neighbourhood might be an issue for maintaining the environment clean since it is crucial to dispose of their waste appropriately.

Sustainable Cities and Communities, Clean Water and Sanitation
In progress
Energy consumption and CO2 footprint reduction in the offices of Lithuanian business companies

Due to the political and economic situation, as well as prices influenced by Covid-19 and the current geopolitical situation, many companies today are facing the challenge of having much higher expenses on energy consumption.

Sustainable Cities and Communities, Climate Action, Responsible Consumption and Production, Decent Work and Economic Growth
Green mobility solutions for solving the negative effects of increasing urbanization

According to The United Nations (UN), in 2050, more than 68 per cent of the population will live in urban areas; compared to nowadays, this number will increase by 13 per cent. The rapid urbanization process causes a number of challenges: it negatively affects citizens' lifestyles, increases the number of motor vehicles in the streets, fosters climate change (such as rising temperature, weather abnormalities and the threat of food crisis), and pollution which causes the greenhouse effect.

Sustainable Cities and Communities, Climate Action, Good Health and Well-being