Sustainability budget

The sustainability budget (Corporate Social Responsibility - CSR) as an expression of sustainable development in the corporate sphere, now more than ever permeates enterprise culture in its most diverse facets. 

Sustainable budget management means that one is no longer solely oriented towards the achievement of profit as the company's sole objective, but the latter must be balanced, expressing precisely the economic result as the fruit of three variables, which play a fundamental role in business success: the economic, the social and the environmental variable. 

Until now, economics has been accused of only dealing with the nature of value and not the value of nature, which plays a fundamental role within the topic of sustainable development. The sustainability of the budget is not an obstacle to the achievement of corporate objectives, but a fundamental dimension, which today represents an added value and a competitive advantage for companies.

The national ranking
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During the conference "The national workshop on UI GreenMetric World University rankings for universities in Italy" organised by L'Aquila University, which plays the role of national coordinator of the universities participating in Green Metric, the results of the Italian participation in the ranking were presented. 

With regard to the 'University budget for sustainability' indicator (as per the chart prepared by the University of Bologna), the University of Cagliari was among the top 10 universities to have obtained the highest score, having spent more than 15% of its total budget on expenses and investments for the sustainability of the university (the other universities are Bologna, L'Aquila, IUAV, LUISS, PoliMarche, Turin, Venice, Chieti, and Pescara).

 

The sustainability budget (data relating to the average of the three-year period 2019-2020-2021) in UniCa

The sustainability budget (data relating to the average of the three-year period 2019-2020-2021) was calculated on the basis of the indicators used by Green Metric and covered the following items of the university budget

  • costs of staff engaged in an active role in sustainability
  • infrastructure, facilities and Covid expenses;
  • adaptation of classrooms for distance learning and laptops;
  • services to students, staff, security, cleaning, etc.;
  • Air-conditioning systems to improve teaching facilities: Monserrato Campus classrooms - co-financing call POR FESR Sardegna 2014/2020. Implementation of RGD 46/7 of 10/08/2016 (energy efficiency);
  • Smart Grid - UniCa;
  • SMARTGRID [University co-financing of the intervention] (RGD RAS no. 4/22-2018) - Investment budget 2021;
  • Interventions for energy efficiency and implementation of microgrids in public facilities in the Region of Sardinia - POR FESR 2014-2020;
  • Architectural Barrier Abatement - Platforms Palazzo Nieddu Lifting Platforms;
  • Upgrading of elevator systems;
  • Extraordinary maintenance of lighting systems for light towers on football, hockey, tennis and five-a-side football pitches (Sa Duchessa locality) [University co-financing share];
  • Extraordinary maintenance of the lighting towers and lighting systems for the football, hockey, tennis and five-a-side football fields (Sa Duchessa locality) [MUR co-financing share];
  • Construction of a thermal power plant for the production of sanitary hot water, a solar thermal system and the construction of public toilets (Sa Duchessa locality) [University co-financing share];
  • Realisation of a thermal power plant for the production of sanitary hot water, a solar thermal system and the construction of public toilets (Sa Duchessa locality) [MUR co-financing share];
  • Realisation of an additional power supply line from the electrical cabin to the former Earth Sciences building;
  • Computer equipment for students with disabilities (DIRSE);
  • Common virtual teaching laboratories;
  • MUR funding MD 734 of 25.06.2021 - Adaptation/new realisation of classrooms and laboratories for mixed, in-presence and distance teaching and purchase of equipment management software; Adaptation of teaching workstations with desks equipped to contain ICT equipment for classrooms and teaching laboratories;
  • Integration with university funds to the MUR MD 734 of 25.06.2021 financing - Adaptation/new realisations of classrooms and laboratories for mixed, in-presence and distance teaching and purchase of equipment management software and Adaptation of teaching workstations with desks equipped to contain ICT equipment for classrooms and teaching laboratories.