Climate Change

The goal of the Working Group on Climate Change is to lead the universities' commitment in the fight against climate change through the sharing of information, materials and methods aimed at defining common parameters, knowledge, skills and good practices. The activities support the realisation of inventories of CO2 emissions of universities, the promotion of mitigation and adaptation plans, the support for the assumption of formal commitments to contain emissions promoting communication and training on this issue. 

Operational contact

Valentina Marin

Università degli Studi di Genova

Coordination of the WG in previous terms:

March 2017 - March 2023

Stefano Caserini - Politecnico di Milano


View the full composition of the Working Group here


The sub-working groups active in the Resources and Waste WG are:

  1. Sustainability of the water cycle and climate change - coordinated by prof. Francesco Cioffi - Università degli Studi di Roma "La Sapienza"
  2. Information systems for data collection and emissions calculations in use at the universities of the Climate Change WG - coordinate by prof. Simona Castaldi - Università degli Studi della Campania - Luigi Vanvitelli
  3. Modalities of compensating residual emissions in universities - coordinated by Prof. Michela Gallo - Università degli Studi di Genova


Tuesday 02 July 2024
The WG RUS Climate Change organizes a Workshop, hosted by the Politecnico di Milano, on greenhouse gas inventories of the Universities and their offsetting

WG activities

Mapping on greenhouse gas emission inventories and reduction plans | 2nd Edition 2022

Survey aimed at defining the current state of the art in RUS universities regarding the preparation of greenhouse gas emission inventories, emission mitigation plans and adaptation plans. The survey also aims to define the extent and mode of management of university green space and the estimation of its contribution in climate change adaptation and mitigation

The carbon market and the role of offsets in climate change action

On Thursday, 10 March 2022 it was held the online seminar on Zoom platform organized by GdL Climate Change


WHY SO LATE? WHY SO SLOW? Psycho-social aspects in the delay to the fight against climate change, from daily behaviors to collective actions

It was held Thursday, June 17 the Workshop of the GdL Climate Change entitled "Why so late? Why So Slow?"

Impact of Covid-19 on Italian universities' emissions toward Zero Emissions

The WG Climate Change Workshop entitled "Impact of Covid-19 on Italian Universities' Emissions Toward Zero Emissions" was held on Tuesday, June 22.

Insight materials

Documents of WG

Documents produced 
Conference participation
November 11, 2019 - Conference "Greenhouse gas emission inventories in Italian universities" - Presentations:
Caserini - The activities of the RUS Working Group Climate Change
Caserini - A database for the estimation of co2 emissions integrated with the information systems of the university
Di Carlo, Aruffo - Regional climate adaptation guidelines to support university adaptation plans
JRC – The European Commission’s science and knowledge service
Magatti - The contribution of home-university mobility to ongoing climate change
Maggi, Magatti - The Carbon Management project of the Università di Milano-Bicocca: methodological aspects and criticalities
Manzardo, Mazzari - Integration between RUS approach and new ISO 14064-1:2018: methodological and operational aspects in the case of Università di Padova
Perotto – The Network of Universities for Sustainable Development RUS
Venditti - Greenhouse gas emission inventories in Italian universities


More documents

2022 - Università degli Studi di Torino - Lessico e nuvole: le parole del cambiamento climatico. A Scuola!

2022 - EuCliPa Italia - Guida #NudgeForClimate

2020 - Università degli Studi di Torino - Lessico e nuvole: le parole del cambiamento climatico 

2020 - Connect4Climate - #Youth4ClimateLive Educational Toolkit

2019 - Ingegneria dell’Ambiente (IDA) V.6 N.1 - Fattori di emissione di CO2 per consumi energetici e trasporti per gli inventari di gas serra degli atenei italiani