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FEUP and Sustainability

FEUP and Sustainability 2012

Consumption of Resources

Consumptions registered in 2012
6.7 x 106 kWh 42 518 m3 3,7 x 106 printed pages







The average amount of paper purchased in 2011-2012 was 23 tons, i.e. 43% lower than in 2009-2010, which corresponds to a per capita consumption of 2.3. In 2012 (3.74 x 106 of printed pages) FEUP printed 1.1 million fewer copies than in 2011.

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 2011-2012 is equivalent to the felling of 552 trees?


In 2012 FEUP has adopted some measures to decrease energy consumption:
  1. The schedule of operation of various equipment and systems was optimized and adapted to the actual circumstances;
  2. The new Technical Management System (TMS) was implemented, which improved the remote control  and parameterisable capacity of various facilities; this process will be carried out over the next few years until full completion;
  3. FEUP has settled new lighting equipment based on the use of LED’s technology, which although more expensive, is recognized as being more economic and efficient during the operating phase, and has a longer average lifespan.

2012 saw a slight decrease in electricity consumption (6,68 x 106 kWh) compared with the previous year (2,5%), with 787 kWh per member of the academic community being metered.

Consumption of natural gas has declined over the past 5 years, consumption in 2012 being 103 x 103 m3, corresponding to 12 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 2012 water consumption decreased for the first time in the last five years (11% compared with the previous year), showing a value of about 42 518 m3, equivalent to 5.0 m3 per member of the FEUP community.

This decrease is the result of small interventions, including faster detection and correction of faults in the toilets; it is also due to the fact that FEUP’s residual use level (nocturnal) was longer.

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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