Projects and Initatives
On Campus Security
In addition to what has been achieved in previous years, in 2022 further initiatives were adopted to render the Bocconi Campus even safer:
- Activation of an accompaniment and courtesy service for students between Bocconi and the furthest away Residence Halls
- Implementation of the "I Sentry" software for the improvement of video surveillance activities
- Adoption of a new mobile radio system for communications amongst Security personnel
- Development of a new threat mapping and identification procedure
- Definition of a new procedure for the management of the different emergency levels
The Climate Commitment
The climate commitment at Bocconi University and the SDA Bocconi School of Management has deep roots, allowing the University to constantly reduce its carbon footprint over time.
SOME OF THE INITIATIVES ADOPTED BY BOCCONI:
- Energy saving and efficiency in all activities
- LEED Platinum Certification for the new Urban Campus
- Auto-production of energy from renewable sources including photovoltaic and geothermal
- 100% of electricity acquired from third parties procured from renewable sources since 2017
The investment initiatives already underway (for example, replacement of remaining heating system with heat pumps) will bring the University even closer to the carbon neutrality threshold for its direct emissions.
On the basis of these premises, in 2022 Bocconi University and the SDA Bocconi School of Management embarked on a process for the definition of the University's decarbonization plan, with the aim of formalizing what has already been achieved, quantifying the other indirect emissions (so-called Scope 3) related to the University's activities (e.g. purchase of goods and services; movement of students, faculty and staff; emissions from investment goods; and waste management), and define a carbon neutrality path with objectives, targets and timing of achievement.
The decarbonization plan adopted by Bocconi University foresees achieving carbon neutrality (direct Scope 1 and indirect Scope 2 emissions) by 2025 and subsequently focusing on the Net Zero target, including all other main indirect emissions.
In addition, the activation of the University's certification process for the calculation of its carbon footprint, according to the ISO 14064-1 standard, will be completed by 2023.
Initiatives for Sustainable Mobility
In order to promote an increasingly sustainable mobility of the Bocconi community, various initiatives were adopted in 2022:
- Preparation of further new areas for the safe parking of bicycles, through the installation of 110 new stalls, in addition to the almost 400 present at the end of 2021
- Implementation of the Home-Work Commute Plan (PSCL)
- Inauguration of Milano Tibaldi-Bocconi University Railway Station
Promoting a Culture of Environmental Responsibility and Managing Direct Environmental Impacts
Again in 2022 Bocconi University continued to develop initiatives aimed at fostering a culture of environmental responsibility, reducing its impact through scheduled efficiency improvement and the operationalization of additional electricity generation systems using renewable photovoltaic sources. In particular, by virtue of the investments made in the recent past – thanks to the continuous systems and machinery modernization, as well as the optimization of consumption – the decoupling of energy consumption grew by about 16% over the three-year period, and CO2 emissions decreased by more than 15% during the same period.
These initiatives have made it possible to define a very ambitious decarbonization plan for the University, which provides for the achievement of carbon neutrality (direct Scope 1 and indirect Scope 2 emissions) by 2025 and subsequently focusing on the Net Zero target, including all other main indirect emissions.
PHOTOVOLTAIC ENERGY PRODUCTION
During 2022, the Bocconi photovoltaic park produced more than 1,316,000 kWh of clean electricity, saving nearly 700,000 kg of CO2.
Energy Consumption (GJ)
Energy Consumption (GJ)* 100,676
* Since 2021, the calculation area has been extended to all Bocconi buildings. Previously, the area included buildings subject to UNI EN ISO 50001 certification
Hazardous and Non-Hazardous Waste (t)* 4.3
* Data regarding production of non-hazardous waste include decommissioning of unused non-hazardous equipment due to planned modernization work at certain Bocconi sites.
Reducing the Use of Paper
The reduction in the use of paper is closely linked to the digitization of teaching processes (lessons, exams, graduations) and research over the years. Overall, the University is working towards a further reduction, thanks to innovations such as the elimination of printed theses, digital signature of exam reports, digitization of the faculty register, and other improvements whose benefits will accrue in the coming academic years.
With the adoption of a Food Policy, Bocconi aims to define the objectives that directly and indirectly guide their decisions at the University concerning food and diet.
For this reason, it aims to promote a single vision on Campus concerning the system for purchasing and consuming food that is inspired by the principles of health, ethics as well as environmental, economic and social sustainability.
- Promote correct dietary habits for good health
- Facilitate social cohesion, equality and integration
- Promote the use of products with a low environmental impact
- Reduce food waste
Renewal of ISO 50001 Certification confirming the energy management improvement process in all Bocconi facilities. In addition to guaranteeing lower energy costs, ISO 50001 Certification has several advantages:
- it is valid support of the organization and optimization of energy consumption;
- it identifies best practices in energy management;
- it is an instrument for improving energy management to reduce CO2 emissions.
Throughout 2023, Bocconi quantified the direct and indirect greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions associated with its 2022 activities, in order to calculate its carbon footprint. The resulting GHG inventory was prepared in accordance with ISO 14064-1 requirements, allowing the accuracy of the University's carbon footprint calculation method to be certified.
LEED PLATINUM CERTIFICATION
Confirming the results in the sustainability process initiated by Bocconi University, the new Urban Campus has achieved LEED Platinum certification (which covers the entire life cycle of the building, from design to construction) for the new SDA Bocconi headquarters
BIOSAFETY TRUST CERTIFICATION
BIOSAFETY TRUST CERTIFICATION IS AMONG THE SHORT-LIST FINALISTS FOR THE "RISK RESILIENCE INITIATIVE OF THE YEAR" OF THE EUROPEAN RISK MANAGEMENT AWARD.
In November 2020 we obtained the Biosafety Trust Certification. It is the first certification scheme created to provide a set of best practices to help minimize the risk of spreading epidemics in public and private gathering places. Our University successfully completed the process that verifies compliance with the system of requirements put in place by the certifying body RINA.