Energy efficiency as a key factor for the sustainability pathway of organizations. The case of the European Space Agency ESA-ESRIN in Rome

Studio Santi presented this study at the 6th AIEE Energy Symposium

Studio Santi is proud to announce that the conference proceedings of the 6th AIEE Energy Symposium “Current and Future Challenges to Energy Security” (14-16 December 2021) has been published here.

Francesco Castellani, Maria Carmen Falvo, Federico Santi (Studio Santi and Sapienza University of Rome, DIAEE) with Maurizio Della Fornace (ESA Estates and Facility Management Department) presented the work “Energy efficiency as a key factor for the sustainability pathway of organizations. The case of the European Space Agency ESA-ESRIN in Rome” available here.

EU achieved the 20-20-20 goals of the 2020 Climate and Energy Package: 20% emission reduction of greenhouse gases compared to 1990 levels, 20% increment in the use of renewable energy for the coverage of EU energy demands, 20% reduction of the primary energy consumption compared to the 2020 levels originally forecasted in 2007.

This EU achievement was possibile thanks to the commitment of each nation and its public and private organizations, led to this achievement by mandatory rules, economic incentives but also by voluntary sustainability pathway of which energy efficiency is one of the most important components.

The case study of ESA ESRIN, the European Space Agency facility in Rome, shows how an organization can plan a sustainability pathway, follow it and then achieve the 20-20-20 goals «within its walls», helping to achieve the general target. ESA ESRIN achieved the 20-20-20 goals (specifically adapted for a single organization) through many energy efficiency interventions: building renovations, partial electrification of heating systems with heat pumps, high efficiency electrical equipments (chillers, pumps, lighting), building management systems, photovoltaic plants.

Thanks to these interventions, at the end of this 10-years path ESA ESRIN achieved these targets: 55% reduction of GHG emissions, 37% reduction of primary energy consumption, 20% coverage of the total energy consumption with renewable energy sources.

Source: Studio Santi

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