Positioned at the intersection of Via Celoria, Golgi, Venezian and Ponzio, the University of Milan's trigeneration plant at Città Studi has been producing heat, electricity, as well as air conditioning (through special refrigerant groups known as “absorption” refrigerators), since October 2010.
The system – fuelled by methane gas – takes leftover heat (heat not converted into useful energy during the combustion process, but instead dispersed into the air) in order to provide heating in the winter and air conditioning in the summer for the buildings in Città Studi. Since 2018, these include a new building at Via Celoria 18, the site for the Giovanni Degli Antoni IT Department.
Beginning in July of 2017, the University began purchasing “green” electricity, that is, generated by renewable sources (hydro-electric power, in this case), for all its buildings, except those served by the trigeneration plant.
This choice allows for notable CO2 savings within a system where energy consumption reaches 42,000,000 kWh per year.
The second campus in Italy to obtain this environmental certification for the historic campus, following the University of Padua, the University of Milan secured BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method) Environmental Certification for the Ca’Granda monument complex in Via Festa del Perdono.
Additionally, the application for LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification for two new university buildings in Lodi is underway. These are the new class and academic-office building for the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, and the Giovanni Degli Antoni IT Department building at Via Celoria, 18.