Some of the areas in which the EPFL Innovation Park are striving to improve sustainability processes are waste management, energy use, equipment and encouraging our external suppliers to participate through our Partner Engagement.
The EPFL Innovation Park offers recycling opportunities for glass, paper, cardboard, plastic, PET, electronics, printer cartridges, neon lights and coffee capsules. Our ambition is to reduce the amount of waste produced as well as to further increase the recycling rate of the remainder.
Electricity: The Park's electricity is currently 50% hydroelectric and 50% photovoltaic, but an ambitious project to switch to even greener, 100% photovoltaic energy is planned
Heating system: The heating system is centralized with the EPFL campus. Since 2021, following major renovation work on the heating plant, four new state-of-the-art heat pumps with a total thermal capacity of 24 MW have been installed. The heat source is taken from Lake Geneva. The water from the lake is pumped to heat pumps. The heat pumps extract energy from the water and convert it, through a thermodynamic cycle into heat that can be used to heat buildings.
At the Park, we are aware that we cannot achieve our sustainability ambitions alone and that we need to engage our partners and suppliers in our continuous improvement process. We therefore request that they sign and respect our Partner Engagement.