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Energy efficiency actions at a Brazilian university and their contribution to sustainable development Goal 7

Bianca Gasparetto Rebelatto (Graduate Program in Civil and Environment Engineering, University of Passo Fundo, Passo Fundo, Brazil)
Amanda Lange Salvia (Graduate Program in Civil and Environment Engineering, University of Passo Fundo, Passo Fundo, Brazil)
Giovana Reginatto (Graduate Program in Civil and Environment Engineering, University of Passo Fundo, Passo Fundo, Brazil)
Rangel Casanova Daneli (Graduate Program in Civil and Environment Engineering, University of Passo Fundo, Passo Fundo, Brazil)
Luciana Londero Brandli (Graduate Program in Civil and Environment Engineering, University of Passo Fundo, Passo Fundo, Brazil)

International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education

ISSN: 1467-6370

Article publication date: 1 July 2019

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to analyse recent actions of energy efficiency implemented by University of Passo Fundo, a higher education institution located in the south of Brazil, and their contributions to Goal 7.

Design/methodology/approach

The analysis is based on collected energy data and information of energy efficiency actions applied at the university.

Findings

The paper shows the progress related to the energy practices and discusses opportunities, threats, strengths and weaknesses of applying energy efficiency at universities and its contributions towards sustainable development goal (SDG) 7.

Practical implications

The findings of this study can inform readers about University of Passo Fundo’s initiatives towards energy efficiency focussed in lightening, photovoltaic solar power generation and free energy market. Readers are able to improve their knowledge with the discussion of internal and external factors related to the initiatives.

Originality/value

The originality of this paper is connected to the idea of sharing the experiences from University of Passo Fundo, connecting energy efficiency practices at universities to SDG 7 and also exploring opportunities, threats, strengths and weaknesses of applying these practices in the context of a higher education institution.

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Acknowledgements

This study was financed in part by the Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior – Brasil (CAPES) – Finance Code 001.

Citation

Rebelatto, B.G., Lange Salvia, A., Reginatto, G., Daneli, R.C. and Brandli, L.L. (2019), "Energy efficiency actions at a Brazilian university and their contribution to sustainable development Goal 7", International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education, Vol. 20 No. 5, pp. 842-855. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJSHE-01-2019-0023

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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