Energy and buildings
Pursuing energy sustainability at Politecnico di Torino means reducing and rationalizing energy use and its environmental impact on campus reality.
PoliTO’s energy consumption in 2014 accounted for 5,064 toe, while in 2015 the total decreased by the 2%, reaching 4,967 toe.
The carbon foot print is 2,217 tons of CO2, as 100% of electric energy comes from reneweble sources. In 2015 we consumed 4.0 kep per cubic metric and 166 kep per student.
While providing the quality/comfort of indoor spaces, plus the security and the affordability of the supply, PoliTO aims to make its building structures more efficient, and to produce and/or to buy energy from renewable sources.
Energy sustainability of the University therefore concerns plants, buildings and sources.
This dimension, besides all action aimed at saving energy and fostering the widespread use of renewable sources, includes the monitoring of all resources, the real-time control of these flows (with the Living Lab facility) and the adoption of new management methods for energy saving. Therefore, the PoliTO priorities in the energy action fields are twofold: to reduce the energy demand as much as possible, while trying to pursue the principle of self- sufficiency.
Following these premises, here is a list of the main initiatives PoliTO pledged to pursue in the next future:
- Increase the amount of heat purchased from the city district heating provider;
- New photovoltaic system of 600 kWp to increase the electricity self-production;
- Gradual replacement of conventional lamps with LEDs;
- IT-controlled management of the lighting system;
Gradual replacement of old windows with new
- Systematization of data collection and monitoring of energy consumption of major carriers through the Living LAB structure;
- Communication and information to users through the Energy Manager of the university and the web portal: “Smart and Green Building Management Services”;
- Involvement of staff and users with awareness campaigns for energy saving.