Sustainable development

UNICAEN commitment

The Campus 30 mission

The main objective of Campus 30, the university’s sustainable development mission, is to develop, monitor and evaluate the university’s sustainable development strategy and action plan. Through its training courses, research programs and practices, the university intends to assume its role and contribute fully to the necessary transformations in society.

A long-standing commitment

The University of Caen Normandie initiated its sustainable development policy in 2013/14, with the Campus 21 mission. At that time, an inventory of practices in favor of more sustainable development was carried out, leading to an action plan to make progress on the various items of the Green Plan (national roadmap for higher education establishments). | Diagnostic Campus 21 (in french)

In November 2020, a new impetus in favor of SD&RS was given to develop and monitor an ambitious SD&RS policy for the years to come, with a resolute commitment to ecological, energy, environmental, societal and digital transitions… The Campus 21 mission became the Campus 30 mission and the Green Plan was transformed into the SD&RS Referential. A diagnosis was carried out to take stock of the actions undertaken and propose an action plan: many projects have progressed or even been completed, and new challenges have emerged. | Diagnostic Campus 30 (in french)

A label and a very positive assessment

The University of Caen has just been awarded the Sustainaible development and social responsability Label for 4 years. The Label DD&RS – développement durable et responsabilité sociétale – rewards higher education establishments committed to sustainable development and social responsibility (SD&RS). To obtain this SD&RS Label, it is necessary to demonstrate that the dynamic is real, integrated into the operation of the establishment at all levels, and structured to last over the long term.

Ongoing and future projects

Now that the diagnosis has been made and the roadmap drawn up, it’s time to keep up the momentum. To this end, several projects are already underway. Here are the most important but, once again, the list is not exhaustive.

Carbon footprint

A complete carbon footprint (Scope 1 to 3) is currently underway. Most of the data has been collected, and the report, together with an action plan to reduce GHG emissions, should be published in the autumn of 2023.

Mobility plan

Similarly, work is underway on the university’s mobility plan. An initial survey phase has been carried out and is currently being pursued with working groups at all university sites. This will enable proposals for action to be drawn up and submitted to the community during the first half of the year, with a view to publication at the end

Master scheme for sustainable development and social and environmental responsibility

The in-depth diagnosis carried out to obtain the DD&RS label provides a solid basis for the production of a master plan, as expected by the MESR via its climate and biodiversity plan. A methodology will be drawn up for the start of the project in September 2023.

Waste reduction strategy

By 2027, a large proportion of university sites will be covered by the special waste collection fee. In order to limit the financial cost that will be generated while reducing our environmental impact, we need to put in place an operational waste reduction strategy from 2024 onwards, so that the establishment is ready in 2027.

Training students in the challenges of transitions

We need to integrate the ecological transition for sustainable development (TEDS) into the training of all undergraduates by the start of the 2025 academic year at the latest. This will involve identifying existing TEDS teaching resources, setting up a teaching unit comprising volunteer teachers from several disciplines as well as CEMU teaching engineers, and building a component to be inserted into all the school’s degree curricula.