Halve greenhouse gas emissions into the atmosphere by 2030, achieve self-production of electricity with photovoltaic systems capable of covering 17% of electricity needs. These are some of the objectives that should be achieved by the University of Bologna with the full implementation of its energy plan, the first, presented today. A substantial plan that envisages an investment of 60 million between now and 2030, aiming precisely at sustainability and the reduction of energy costs.
The plan includes a series of actions designed to increase the efficiency with which energy is managed and used within the university's facilities, thus reducing both its environmental and economic impact.
"The energy problem is one of the most complex and urgent we are facing," says Rector Giovanni Molari, "and a university like ours, whose activities take place on an area that exceeds one million square meters and whose dependence on the use of fossil fuels is still high, is called upon to assume this awareness." The plan includes the elimination of all existing oil and oil power plants, the replacement of all traditional lights with LED luminaires, the thermal insulation of buildings with internal coats and coverings, and an increased use of renewable energy sources through the installation of heat pumps to replace gas boilers. A collective effort that will involve the entire academic community, starting with students. There will also be a smartphone app that will allow you to report faults or malfunctions in energy services such as a temperature that is too high or too low, lights or electronic devices turned on during periods when they should be turned off, water leaks or other.
Among Italian universities, Bologna is in first place in the QS Sustainability ranking and in the GreenMetric ranking.
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