Responsible Consumption and Production

Strategic Programme

Politecnico di Milano, through the Campus Sostenibile ‘Environment’ line of action, aims to improve the management of resources and waste, encouraging practices such as reuse, recycling and waste separation. These activities can be broadly divided into resource management and waste management.

Resource management

Sustainable resource management is a central objective at Politecnico di Milano. Besides relying on food suppliers with a low environmental impact, multiple actions are carried out on campuses:
Cingomma project 
Sustainable vending machines 
NoPaper project 
PoliCiclo workshop 

Waste management

Politecnico aims to improve efficiency in the waste management and collection system. In order to achieve this result, the University has for some time been equipped with suitable infrastructures for the recycling of all types of waste produced, and has subsequently launched an intensive systematic awareness and information campaign. Key actions around waste management include:
Exhausted batteries collection 
ZeroZeroToner project 
Umido project

Examples of teaching activities

Industrial eco-efficiency 

Climate change, environmental pollution, resource scarcity are the contemporary challenges that call for urgent transition towards circular economy and sustainable development. Industrial Eco-Efficiency (IEE) drives this transition through decoupling economic growth from environmental impact and resource consumption. 

This course is delivered in the following Degree Programmes: 

  • Management Engineering
  • Communication Design 


The students will be able to design Sustainable Product-Service System (S.PSS), with a focus on Distributed Economies (DE), i.e., win-win business/offer models where the economic interest of the provider/s continuously seeks environmentally and/or socioethically beneficial new solutions. 

This course is delivered in the following Degree Programmes: 

  • Product Service System Design 
  • Integrated Product Design 
  • Interior and Spatial Design 
  • Design for the Fashion System 
  • Communication Design 
  • Digital and Interaction Design 
  • Management Engineering


On the one hand, the course aims to provide students with an overview of the major environmental issues on a global scale, with particular regard to the effects of human activities on ecological systems. On the other hand, the course will address the issue of environmental assessment on a local scale, providing the basic knowledge for assessing the impact of projects and land use planning on different environmental matrices and the socio-economic system. Finally, the main decision-support tools will be critically analysed in contexts characterised by the presence of multiple objectives. 

This course is delivered in the following Degree Programmes: 

  • Energy Engineering 
  • Environmental and Land Planning Engineering (BSc)  
  • Environmental and Land Planning Engineering (MSc) 

Examples of research activities


RAPCON – Recycled Asphalt Pavement Concrete aims to evaluate the performances of concrete made with RAP, reducing the amount of wasted asphalt and limiting the consumption of natural aggregates. 

Scientific Coordinator: Elena Redaelli 


Re-NetTA Re-Manufacturing Networks for Tertiary Architectures contributes to apply circular economy in the building sector, focusing on tertiary sector building components, characterized by rapid obsolescence and temporary uses 

Scientific Coordinator: Cinzia Talamo 


Design for sustainability and ICT: a household prototype for waste water recycling focuses on experimental application of interaction design methodologies and digital technologies to foster the transition towards sustainability in the framework of a wider interdisciplinary research about the development of a system for recycling water at home to grow edible plants. 

Scientific Coordinator: Fiammetta Costa