The Energy Report of Alma Mater

How large is the Alma Mater?

Alma Mater manages a total of 287 buildings, covering over 1 million square meters of surface area. Most of the buildings (204) are located within the territory of the Metropolitan City of Bologna, while 21 buildings are situated in the Ravenna Campus, 20 in the Cesena Campus, 24 in the Forlì Campus, 17 in the Rimini Campus, and 1 in Fano.

How much do we consume?

The energy consumption of Alma Mater plays a significant role in terms of expenditure, emissions, and environmental and social impact: they exceed 14,000 tons of oil equivalent (toe) per year, with an energy expenditure that amounted to 15 million euros in 2021 and exceeded 21 million euros in 2022, in a context of international crisis that limited the availability of the main energy sources on the market.

This annual consumption of primary energy makes Alma Mater one of the largest consumption centers in the Emilia-Romagna Region and imposes a sense of responsibility and foresight commensurate with the role of Alma Mater.

* TEP (Tons of Oil Equivalent) is a unit of measurement of energy used in energy report that expresses primary energy consumption with a single unit for each energy vector (electricity, gas, diesel, etc.); one toe corresponds to approximately 5,300 kWh of electricity, 11,700 kWh of heat, and 1,200 m3 of natural gas.

How do we consume?

Figure 1.2 graphically illustrates the distribution shares of primary energy consumption at Unibo among different energy vectors during the period 2015-2022. It indicates:

  • Electric energy (including the self-produced share)
  • Thermal energy (divided by supply source: natural gas, diesel, and hot water from the urban heating network)

The full document 'University Energy Plan' is available for consultation on this page.