Encyclopedia of Sustainability in Higher Education

2019 Edition
| Editors: Walter Leal Filho

Overall Energy Efficiency and Sustainable Development

  • Amanda Lange SalviaEmail author
  • Lucas Leandro Schneider
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-11352-0_463


Energy Efficiency refers to a group of practices to improve the use of energy sources, reaching the same results – or even better ones – with lower energy consumption. In higher education institutions, energy efficiency practices have become increasingly common, ranging from small actions aimed at reducing energy waste, to setting up research centers, developing technologies, and making buildings more efficient.

Energy Efficiency and Its Contribution to Sustainable Development

This section presents aspects related to energy efficiency in higher education and discusses its relation to sustainable development. After some introductory topics, the university role is debated, as well as challenges and potentialities. A specific section is dedicated to education and sustainable curriculum. Each section intends to highlight important issues that help defining energy efficiency and its contribution to sustainability in higher education institutions.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Amanda Lange Salvia
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Lucas Leandro Schneider
    • 3
  1. 1.University of Passo FundoPasso FundoBrazil
  2. 2.World Sustainable Development Research and Transfer CentreHamburg University of Applied SciencesHamburgGermany
  3. 3.University of Vale do TaquariLajeadoBrazil

Section editors and affiliations

  • José Baltazar Salgueirinho Osório de Andrade Guerra
    • 1
  1. 1.Centre for Sustainable Development (Greens)Universidade do Sul de Santa Catarina (Unisul)FlorianópolisBrazil