Global population growth has caused a huge increase in the global energy consumption. This has led to a saturation of natural ecosystems and problems for human health, including economic and social costs.
UANL has developed a program of efficient energy use to reduce electricity consumption at university facilities, besides raising awareness among its community of the responsible use of this resource in order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
The Office of the Vice President for Sustainable Development has issued technical guidelines to promote efficient energy use at university facilities, implementing almost imperceptible changes; for example, adjusting air conditioning temperature to 24ºC during summer and 20ºC during winter this represents huge savings.
Natural light can lead to substantial energy savings. Daylight in buildings is now a major priority and new facilities have been built based on this.
Turn off the light and computer equipment before leaving the room, set screensaver off, use laptop computers, which use about half the energy of the equivalent desktop PC, activate power saving mode, and use LCD monitors are some positive practices to protect the environment.
Reports on energy saving progress are published every six months to inform students and academic staff about the success of community efforts.
In order to promote efficient energy use, The Vice Presidency of Sustainability has developed five technical guidelines that guide and evaluate the policies applied at each UANL entity. For instance, the “technical guidelines on air conditioning equipment” and the “technical guidelines on classroom lighting” have directly prompted the decrease in electricity consumption, since such equipment represent 75 percent of the university’s total energy use.
As a result of the daily actions carried out on university campuses to adequately manage energy consumption, there has been a gradual increase in total consumption, going from 93,154,422 in 2016 to 99,290,000 in 2017, while the per capita consumption of electric power passing from 627 to 499 kWh / person-year in 2016 to 505 in 2017, this despite the fact that in the last six years the student population has registered an important growth.
See graphs of energy consumption per campus in the last three years.
Renewable energies are the alternative for the future. They are environment-friendly clean energies that reduce human health risks. Therefore it is vital to incorporate this type of alternative technologies in all areas of social and productive activities, including Higher Education Institutions. Due to this situation, the UANL has initiated an implementation process for the use of renewable energies, despite the volume of investment of this action because of the size of its facilities being a macro University where more than 200,000 people study and work everyday. Additionally, it has to face the long payback time that this type of economic investment requires. Despite these obstacles, several university institutions have implemented systems for the generation of electrical and heat energy using solar cells, aerogeneration and solar thermal systems.
During 2017, 29.5% of all electricity that was consumed by the UANL was generated through clean sources, according to information disclosed by the provider of this service.
Source: Prepared by the SENER with data from the CFE, the CRE,
CENACE and the Undersecretariat of Planning and Energy Transformation.
Installed capacity of electric power generation by type of technology in 2017, manifested by the provider of this service to the UANL.
INSTALLED CAPACITY FOR THE GENERATION OF ELECTRICAL ENERGY BY TYPE OF TECHNOLOGY 2017
Society’s awareness of the importance of renewable energy is growing every day. This effective alternative helps fight climate change and enables the socio-economic development based on renewable energy sources.
Renewable energy is a clean eco-friendly alternative for the future that reduces human health risks. It is therefore imperative to integrate this type of technology into the social, industrial, and higher education sectors.
In this regard, UANL is in the initial implementation of renewable energy, despite the sizable investment required due to its large facilities and the payback period expected. Nevertheless, several university entities have installed electric and thermal power generation systems by means of solar panels, wind turbines, and thermal power technologies.
Furthermore, UANL is currently requesting the administrative and legal consulting in order to generate renewable energy at a low costa and with great environmental benefits.