In 2018, the university's Greenhouse Gas Emissions Balance (GGEB) was 12,480 tons of CO2e. The first emissions category is related to purchases made at the university with a total of 4,704 tons of CO2e. Visitors' travel, mainly corresponding to students' stays abroad, comes in second place, followed by travel in the context of professional missions. The fourth category corresponds to fixed sources of combustions with 1,406 tons of CO2e.
Actions to reduce emissions
- For direct GHG emissions (SCOPE 1) and for indirect emissions associated with energy (SCOPE 2): replacement of the gas boiler room by a supply from the CPCU heating network, improvement of the building's insulation, installation of presence detectors in the classrooms (heating and lighting), installation of electrical terminals for recharging electric vehicles, possible purchase of an electric vehicle to replace a diesel vehicle, no air-conditioning installation during renovation.
- For indirect GHG emissions (SCOPE 3): a Purchasing Action Plan integrating social and environmental clauses in new markets, improved sorting and handling of recyclable materials by relevant service providers, new travel policy: request to give priority to trains for certain destinations, less use of taxis when public transport is available, encouragement to use bicycles for home-to-work trips, installation of electric terminals for recharging electric vehicles.
Importance of emissions related to student and staff travel
The BEGES revealed the importance of emissions related to student and staff travel. A collective discussion will be held in order to identify possible levers for action to reduce these emissions.
Teacher-researchers are also taking action on this issue. For instance, some of them take part in Labs 1point5, a collective of research teams from the academic world, from all disciplines and throughout the country, sharing a common objective: to better understand and reduce the impact of scientific research activities on the environment, in particular on the climate.