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 calculation of the greenhouse gas emissions, in terms of tons of CO2 emitted, associated with the services provided by the University of Genoa.
The GHG inventory calculations were performed by the Centre for the Development of Product Sustainability CESISP, uusing internal techniques and scientific knowledge.
The main actions performed were the following:
- Analysis of energy consumption, waste management and transport system;
- Calculation of the GHG emissions related to these activities;
- Identification of improvement actions and monitoring.
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.