The University of Padua reduces plastic to protect the environment

In line with the actions foreseen by the University's Charter of Sustainability Commitments, the University of Padua officially approves the "Plastic free UniPD" project that aims to reduce plastic in the beverage and food service industry.

The University project involves three points:

  • installing dispensers of filtered water to eliminate single use plastic water bottles
  • distributing reusable water bottles to the university community
  • replacing plastic cups with a more sustainable option for hot drinks

The Conference for Italian University Rectors (CRUI) has spoken out on the use of disposable plastics by joining the #StopSingleUsePlastic campaign and signing a memorandum along with Marevivo (a non-profit environmental association) and CoNISMa (National Interuniversity Consortium for Sea Sciences). With this memorandum, Marevivo, CoNISMa, and CRUI have committed themselves to a mutual relationship of collaboration in the field of raising awareness and education for environmental protection.

In the University of Padua will begin with the first of the three phases by installing dispensers of filtered water for all students.

The University of Padua currently uses 144 suppliers to distribute hot and cold food and drinks in various locations across the city, with an estimated 350,000 plastic bottles sold annually. In an effort to eliminate plastic containers, the distribution of plastic bottles will be interrupted and water dispensers connected to the urban water network will be installed with the proper filtration and refrigeration system in place if required. Since March of this year, the Department of Mathematics has been supplying water distributors making it available to everyone on each floor of the Archimedes Tower.