The University of Genoa began to systematically manage its approach to environmental sustainability in 2014, as a result of the voluntary agreement signed by the University and the Ministry of the Environment for the quantification of its "carbon footprint" inside the environmental footprint evaluation program promoted by the Ministry of Environment (Read the news).
The Carbon Footprint, one of the instruments used in the carbon management policies, consists in the determination of the quantitative of greenhouse gas emissions, in terms of tons of CO2 emitted, associated with the realization of the services provided by the University.
The evaluation of the carbon footprint is made by the Centre for the Development of Product Sustainability CE.Si.S.P. the University of Genoa, using techniques and internal scientific knowledge of the University itself.
The main actions envisaged to consist of a:
- Analysis of energy consumption, the waste management and mobility system of the structures and all related activities;
- Evaluation of greenhouse gas emissions related to these activities;
- Identification of possible actions for improvement and monitoring mode.
On November 4th, 2016 the University of Genoa Greenhouse Gases Inventory for 2013 and 2014 has been certified by RINA Services in compliance to the standard ISO 14064-1 and the campus carbon footprint quantified in terms of metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent per year.