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-710,000 half-liter bottles
- 8,400kg of PET
each year

Plastic Reduction

Bocconi University has undertaken an ambitious plan aimed at progressively reducing the disposable plastic used on campus, starting with the installation of the first drinking water dispensers in 2016. Another step towards a plastic-free campus was taken with the Drink Sustainably initiative in 2019 and the sale of Bocconi reusable water bottles at the Egea bookshop.

In a little over a month, 120,000 liters of water has been dispensed, which means a saving of around 240,000 half-liter water bottles. An estimated 2,640 tons of plastic have therefore been saved, without considering the CO2 emissions related to their transportation. In addition, the University's canteens have reorganized their procurement systems, selecting alternative solutions to disposable plastic (e.g. bio-plastic, reusable cups and cutlery), with the aim of limiting plastic packaging in their supply chain.

- 1,000,000 sheets of paper
- 70% paper consumption

Paper Reduction

Paper consumption fell by 70% in 2018 compared to the level of consumption in 2006. This was made possible by raising awareness among faculty, students and staff about the environment and digital solutions.

The Academic Affairs Division has played an important role in the reduction of paper consumption, saving more than 750,000 sheets of paper each year between 2009 and 2012 (and also resulting in lower consumption of ink and electricity for printing, and lower transport and storage costs).

The most important measures implemented to reduce the consumption of paper include:

Digital Certificates - 2018
Students can obtain digital certificates of transcripts and degrees validated with digital stamps.
10,000 sheets of paper saved each year

Management of Exams on Tablets - 2017
IT infrastructure capable of managing all administrative aspects of exams via tablet for both written and oral exams.
5,000 sheets of paper saved each year

Digitization of Student Archive
Physical locations of student data replaced with online virtual locations.
8,000 sheets of paper saved each year

Online Exams
Exams for some courses supported on the e-learning platform instead of on paper.
48,000 sheets of paper saved each year

Electronic Graduation Reports - 2016
Graduation reports written in digital format.
10,000 sheets of paper saved each year

Final Papers in PDF Format - 2015
Paper copies of Bachelor of Science students’ final papers replaced with a digital version for tutor professors.
130,000 sheets of paper saved each year

Graduating Student Electronic Cards
Paper cards replaced with electronic cards.
5,000 sheets of paper saved each year

Graduation Theses in Book Version - 2012
Degree Assessment Boards and thesis supervisors given copies of theses in book version instead of bound version.
50% less paper used; 200,000 sheets saved each year                                          

With the introduction of self-certification, an estimated 50% fewer certificates are issued each year.
130,000 sheets of paper saved each year

Mailing Academic Records- 2011
Academic records are mailed only in specific cases (approximately 3%).
26,000 sheets of paper save each year

Online Certificate Consultation - 2010
ESSE3, a new IT system, was introduced, making all student records (such as certificates of exams passed) available online.
160,000 sheets of paper saved each year

Layout improved for printed certificates, reducing the average number of sheets of paper from 4 to 2.
130,000 sheets of paper saved each year                                          

Collective Reports for Written Tests - 2009
Collective reports introduced for written tests instead of individual reports (each page containing the scores of 50 students).
107,000 sheets of paper saved each year

energy consumption for 6 residences (2016)
energy consumption for 8 residences (2018)

Energy Efficiency

In 2016, Bocconi University implemented an Energy Management System in compliance with ISO 50001: 2011 and began the certification process for the University's Energy Efficiency Policy. Certification was obtained in February 2017.

Starting in 2017, Bocconi University continued its commitment to economic and environmental sustainability by acquiring "green" certified electricity. Self-produced renewable energy is now used, albeit for a reduced share compared to the total (equal to about 8%), obtained from the photovoltaic panels installed on the Bligny Residence.

Geothermal energy is also used to heat many of the University buildings as part of a plan to minimize environmental impact and energy consumption. This policy is strictly implemented in the case of major building renovations and for the new buildings of the campus expansion, for which the University aims to reduce emissions as much as possible.

Bocconi’s electricity consumption remained unchanged in the three years from 2016 through 2018 despite the addition of two new residence buildings in the same period.

- 20% waste not collected by the city
- 2,550kg waste not collected by the city

- 27% hazardous waste
- 793kg hazardous waste
(from 2016 to 2017)

Waste Management

Bocconi University diligently pursues waste reduction and the efficient management of waste produced. It has therefore established a specific internal procedure and appointed an ad hoc working group.

Reducing Waste Production

During 2017, the University achieved its goal of reducing the quantities of waste not collected by the city by 20% for a total of 2,550kg less waste. Hazardous waste was decreased by 27% compared to 2016, for a total of 793kg. This was possible mainly thanks to the reduction of waste deriving from used toner and IT material, a result of paper reduction initiatives, as well as a policy for recycling IT material.


Areas have been set up for recycling on each floor of the institutional buildings, with separate bins for paper, plastic and metal cans, glass, and non-recyclable waste.


Service providers and suppliers, as well as managers of catering establishments and University residences, are contractually required to comply with regulations in force on waste management, in particular regarding temporary storage, disposal and transport to authorized centers. Furthermore, the University has two compactors (one for unsorted waste and one for paper).


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