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FEUP and Sustainability

FEUP and Sustainability 2011

Consumption of Resources

Consumptions registered in 2011
6.8 x 106 kWh 48 000 m3 4.8 x 106 printed pages







The average amount of paper purchased in 2010-2011 was 26.5 tons, i.e. 9.6% lower than in 2009 (29.3 tons), which corresponds to a per capita consumption of 3.2 tons (a decrease of 12% compared to 2009). In 2011 (4.85 x 106 of printed pages) FEUP printed 1.4 million fewer copies than in 2009 (-23%).

Suggested best practices for reducing paper consumption:
  1. Print only when strictly necessary;
  2. Print on both sides of the sheet;
  3. Reuse paper;
  4. Reduce the margins on the sheets, as well as the font size.

Interesting facts:

  • Did you know that 40% of harvested wood is processed as paper?
  • Did you know that the paper consumed at FEUP in 2010-2011 is equivalent to the felling of 312 trees?


In 2011 FEUP has adopted some measures to decrease energy consumption:
  1. FEUP has installed a new Technical Management System (TMS), which improved the remote control and parameterisable capacity of various facilities;
  2. An automatic device for monitoring electricity consumption in each FEUP building entered into operation;
  3. FEUP has improved the consumption capacity of the lighting control circuits in the corridors;
  4. FEUP has implemented internal rules to reduce gas consumption, including a reduction in the number of hours per day and the number of months per year that the heating is turned on.

2011 saw a slight decrease in electricity consumption (6,85 x 106 kWh) compared with the previous year (2%), with 803 kWh per member of the academic community being metered. It is worth stressing that, compared with 2010, electricity consumption per member of the academic community decreased by 4%.

Consumption of natural gas has declined over the past 4 years, consumption in 2011 being 107,831 m3, corresponding to 13 m3 per capita.

Suggested best practices for reducing paper consumption:
    1. Always turn off lights in empty rooms
    2. Prioritize natural light
    3. Turn off computers, if you are not going to use them in the next 15 minutes
    4. If possible, opt for laptops. They use about 25% of the energy required for desktop + monitor [computers]
    5. Turn off computers at night, both at home and at FEUP
    6. Unplug the charger when the battery is 100% full
    7. When using air conditioning, keep windows and doors closed

Interesting facts:

  • Did you know that computers and TVs in standby mode use at least 10% of the electricity they consume when fully switched on?


In 2011 water consumption increased (27%) compared with 2010, recording a figure of about 48,000 m3, equivalent to 5.6 m3 per member of the FEUP community. The increase may be due to water consumption in new laboratories.

No withstanding this increase in water consumption, it is worth noting that in 2011, there were a considerable number of taps which were replaced by "saver" models, which ensure the same efficiency by means of a nozzle with more jets and greater dispersion, consuming only 30% of water compared to the older taps.

Suggested best practices to reduce water consumption at FEUP:
  1. Do not leave taps dripping. In case of a broken tap, report the problem to Technical Maintenance Services.
  2. Do not use more water than necessary, but be sure to flush the toilets.

Interesting facts

  • Did you know that a tap dripping at the rate of 45 drops per minute wastes 100 litres of water per month, equivalent to 30 baths per year?
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