Over the last years, Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon has significantly pursued the promotion of energy efficiency in its six campuses, which has allowed important achievements by saving power and economic resources.
Although the student population at UANL increased 45 percent, from 133,000 in 2010 to 184,000 in 2015, electric energy consumption decreased from 601 to 496 kWh per capita during the same time frame. These results were obtained through the UANL permanent program of awareness and culture on energy use, which aims to reduce electricity consumption by means of standard practices, such as installing high-efficiency lighting and air conditioning devices at the facilities. Furthermore, the Office of the Vice President for Research, Innovation, and Sustainability issued four technical guidelines in the last four years to promote efficient energy use. These guidelines support and assess the policies and recommendations that are applied in the university entities.
Since the return on investment of such projects represents much time, renewable energy use within UANL is at its initial stage. However, several university entities have implemented energy generation systems that produce heat and electricity from solar panels and wind turbines.
Today, UANL provides administrative and legal consulting on the procedures to obtain renewable energy at a lower cost and with greater environmental benefits.