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The permanent program for efficient use of energy at university of São Paulo – PURE-USP

Marco Saidel (Polytechnic School, University of São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil)
Rogerio Souza da Silva (Polytechnic School, University of São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil)
Luiz Marcos do Nascimento (Polytechnic School, University of São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil)

Management of Environmental Quality

ISSN: 1477-7835

Article publication date: 8 April 2014

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to analyze the use of energy management and sustainability in the government sector using a study case conducted by the Permanent Program for Efficient Use of Energy at University of São Paulo (PURE-USP), a pioneer initiative of its kind active since 1997.

Design/methodology/approach

The paper describes the actions and results of PURE-USP.

Findings

The energy savings promoted by PURE's actions are estimated in about 25 percent after 15 years since the program was implemented. This means a saving of approximately 37 MWh or R$9 million (2.91 million) for an investment of R$1.73 million (560,000).

Practical implications

The results show that the program is viable and could be replicated in other Brazilian institutions or even in other countries.

Originality/value

PURE-USP provides in addition to electricity savings (which implies in avoiding environmental impacts) resource savings which in the case of a public institution like the University of São Paulo implies in a more efficient management of public funds.

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Citation

Saidel, M., Souza da Silva, R. and Marcos do Nascimento, L. (2014), "The permanent program for efficient use of energy at university of São Paulo – PURE-USP", Management of Environmental Quality, Vol. 25 No. 3, pp. 361-372. https://doi.org/10.1108/MEQ-02-2014-0011

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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