Three out of four Italian university students choose sustainable energy. This is what emerged from an international survey conducted by Sodexo on over 4 thousand university students in Italy, China, the United States, Spain, the United Kingdom and India. According to the research, Bel Paese students would rank third in the world ranking of students most attentive to issues of sustainable energy. Specifically, 73% of them require their University to use almost exclusively green sources, with the aim of reducing as much as possible the impact of their activity on the environment in which they live every day. A very important figure compared to the percentages of American (65%), English (68%) and Spanish (69%) students, for whom this theme appears to be less priority. On the podium of the ranking, in the first and second place, we find the Indian colleagues (82%) and Chinese (81%).

Sustainability and food waste

According to the research carried out by Sodexo, respect for sustainability would also include food: 71% of those enrolled at the university would like their University to reduce food waste. Also in this case the Italians win a respectable third place, ahead of the English (60%), Spanish (60%) and American (61%), preceded once again only by the Chinese (82%) and Indians (87%). But that’s not all. The students of the Boot would also be willing to pay a little more for: agricultural foods of local origin (31%), fair trade products or with ethical production certification (21%) and sustainable agricultural products in general (20% ).

Commercial practices and ethical aspects: on this point the Italian students are not very knowledgeable and interested, reaching a percentage of 64% (for example against 75% of Americans and 78% of Chinese).

Results and research proposals

As Dr. Giacomo Magatti, Sustainability Manager of the University of Milan-Bicocca at the Department of Environment and Territory Sciences – as the University Sustainability Group BASE (Bicocca Ambiente Società Economia), one of the most interesting aspects in research of this kind are the students’ proposals . In fact, the young university members ask to make the university environment and the services offered less impactful. But not only: we would prefer greater attention in the management of waste, mobility and water (installation of water supply and distribution networks of steel water bottles for reducing the use of plastic).