Installation of microfiltered, cooled and added carbon dioxide water dispensers at Palazzo Lombardia in order to enhance the sustainability of the building.
Installation of microfiltered, cooled and added carbon dioxide water dispensers at Palazzo Lombardia in order to enhance the sustainability of the building in terms of resource consumption. Palazzo Lombardia hosts about 3000 people, and receives hundreds of guests daily. Therefore a huge impact on the whole society will be expected.
Lombardy Region in 2019 started a very ambitious project in order to reduce the plastic consumption in Lombardy Region building in Milan.
The project foresees, starting from January 2020, in 30 break areas, the installation of dispenser of purified, natural and sparkling drinking water, in addition to the 3 already existing, in order to reduce the use of bottled water and consequently, the consumption of plastic .
In addition, in order to reinforce the adoption of sustainable behaviours, Lombardy Region accompanied this installation with a communication campaign - called #plasticaconsapevole - aimed at promoting a more conscious forms of behaviour both for internal staff and the whole citizenship.
Furthermore, an immersive exhibition has been installed in the various common areas of Palazzo Lombardia, with images of Mandy Barker, a British artist who received international recognition for her photographic work on plastic waste, aimed at stimulating people to reflect on the dimension of use aware of the plastic and to realize concrete actions in first person.
20.000 euros/ year
Evidence of success
The main benefits are: resources consumption reduction, increase awareness of more responsible behaviours, money saving.
The Installation of microfiltered water dispensers at Palazzo Lombardia has been completed at the end of January 2020 and after few weeks we have started the lockdown. For these reason we cannot mesure the results yet. We will provide exact results when it will be possible, but we can stimate an approximate reduction of 1000 plastic bottle per day.
Potential for learning or transfer
This approach can easily be transferred to all public regional buildings and also to other Italian regions. In addiction it could be a good example also for other European regions as an incentive.