17.10.2023 15:20

The Strategic Sustainability Plan has been presented

Politecnico di Milano's commitment to become an authoritative guide for sustainable development in Italy and Europe

Yesterday, 16 October, during an event organised in cooperation with Corriere Pianeta2030, the first Strategic Sustainability Plan of our University was presented as the natural continuation of the Politecnico di Milano Strategic Plan 2023-2025.

The Plan expresses a vision that focuses on Politecnico’s care and commitment towards the well-being of people, the environment and the community. "Sustainable development' is not just a set of punctual, practical, targeted activities, but is a style that will guide all decisions in the next three years. It is a unifying perspective on the three missions of the University: research, teaching and social responsibility.

The Plan identifies six priorities: Inclusion and equal opportunities, Sustainable research, Sustainability in teaching, Right to education, Innovation and social responsibility, Environment. Each priority is broken down into goals to be achieved and concrete measures to be implemented.

To talk about sustainability, we wanted to show that we are reliable. So, as a first step, we decided to bring order within Politecnico and set some clear targets, such as reducing energy consumption by 30% in the next two years and greenhouse gases by 50% by 2030. Then we looked at the broader context, where industrial policies and social dynamics are changing radically. The Sustainability Plan considers different scales of impact, from the most immediate proximity to the global reach. It is here that we can express an unparalleled potential for ideas, research and innovation, culture and education, social responsibility and scientific diplomacy.

Rector Donatella Sciuto said.

The Sustainability Plan can be read from different perspectives: the balanced commitment on social and environmental issues, also in a logic of intergenerational justice; the contextual thrust both towards internal goals, to arrange our "home", and external goals, which highlights the expected impact on society; it proposes a focus on sustainability in both teaching and research, our two specific missions; it requires important investments in the coming years, but it equally insists on training and incentives for behavioural change; a drive for ambitious goals that is coupled with a participatory, data-driven and implementation-oriented system of government.

Alessandro Perego, Vice-Rector for Sustainable Development and Impact on Society, added.

During the event, some of the topics considered in the Sustainability Plan were addressed, such as sustainable mobility, a new way of conceiving urban design and projects dedicated to social innovation.

Speakers included: Rector Donatella Sciuto; Luciano Fontana, Editor-in-Chief of Corriere della Sera; Alessandro Perego, Vice-Rector for Sustainable Development and Impact on Society; Giada Maldotti, Partner at Boston Consulting Group; Daniele Rocchi, Vice-Rector for Technology Transfer and Corporate Relations; Mario Grosso, Rector's Delegate for Relationships with Academic Networks for Sustainable Development; Carlos Moreno, Scientific Director of the ETI laboratory ''Entrepreneurship Territory Innovation'', Sorbonne University IAE; Emilio Faroldi, Executive Vice-Rector and Delegate for the Development and Enhancement of University Spaces; Mara Tanelli, Rector's Delegate for Diversity and Inclusion; Ermete Realacci, President of Fondazione Symbola; Carolina Pacchi, Vice-Rector for Institutional and Community Relations; Emanuela Colombo, Rector's Delegate for Science Diplomacy; Father Giulio Albanese, Editorialist of L'Osservatore Romano; Licia Casamassima, Head of Action Against Hunger Italia; and the writer Stefano Massini.

To learn more about Politecnico di Milano's commitment to sustainable development see www.sostenibilita.polimi.it