An undertaking at the heart of the strategic choices made by the University of Rennes
The University of Rennes was the third university to be awarded the DD&RS label in 2019.
In early 2023, an audit team assessed the achievements and progress made over the past four years. Following this assessment, the labelling committee decided to renew the award of this label, praising in its report "the perfect agreement with the guidelines and the commitment to a public service mission".
This recognition of the university's commitment testifies to the sincerity of a global approach that is part of a long-term strategy and is now the common thread running through its strategic objectives.
A collective approach and concrete actions
Taking into account governance, training, research, environmental management, social policy and local roots, the label recognises the mobilisation of all the institution's stakeholders to contribute fully to environmental and societal transitions.
Political support at the highest level and across the board has been put in place. The Vice-Chairperson of the Board of Directors, together with a student Vice-Chairperson, are responsible for the ecological transition to sustainable development. The two Vice-Chairpersons are supported by a mission in charge of operational coordination, which has been in place since 2020 (2 dedicated staff and 4 project managers). A network of ambassadors promotes the development of a shared culture around these issues, working closely with research laboratories, training departments and services. Opening up this approach to the socio-economic world is also paramount for the university, through the university foundation's research chairs with local companies and the university's participation in the western France division of the corporate convention for the climate, Convention des entreprises pour le climat Ouest.
In education, the University of Rennes aims to provide massive training on the challenges of the ecological and social transition. Nearly 4,000 undergraduates have already completed a MOOC on the "Sustainable Development Goals", developed in partnership with the Virtual University for the Environment and Sustainable Development (UVED). The expansion of a common set of core knowledge and skills, which also follows the recommendations of Jean Jouzel's report "Raising awareness and training people on the issues of ecological transition and sustainable development in higher education", is based on the work of a multidisciplinary teaching group.
In research, there has been a strong momentum in laboratories over the past two years to question their practices, based on the "Labos 1point5" effort. Some 60% of research units have carried out or are in the process of carrying out their greenhouse gas emissions assessment.
The research carried out within the institution also benefits from international recognition, and the University of Rennes has also been awarded the European HR Excellence in Research label for its human resources policy in research.
Winner of the France 2030 award and recognised as a programme of excellence by the French National Research Agency, the IRIS-E project "Interdisciplinary Research & Innovative Solutions for Environmental Transition" led by the University of Rennes aims to make the Rennes metropolitan area and the Brittany region the European laboratory for environmental transition.
Sustainable and inclusive campuses
Since 2020, social and environmental responsibility has been a core concern in managing the University of Rennes. The institution has drawn up several action plans to define coherent and complementary roadmaps including: low-carbon transition, mobility, energy efficiency, digital technology and building retrofitting.
The quality of life and the commitment to promoting equality and combating discrimination have been the focus of numerous initiatives over the last four years: a participatory budget, awareness-raising and prevention campaigns, meetings and workshops co-constructed at various levels of the university community and with local partners, a system for using preffered first names, a new parenting support centre for staff, etc.
The University of Rennes wishes to make its commitment to the ecological transition a defining element of its identity and to mobilise its entire community within the framework of the DD&RS label.
The renewal of this label strengthens the momentum of the University of Rennes, an experimental public institution created on 1 January 2023. This status will make it easier to share the University's undertaking with its affiliated Grandes Écoles, as well as with the École des Hautes Études en Santé Publique, which was awarded the label 3 years ago.
Also aiming for the label, are the École Normale Supérieure de Rennes (ENS Rennes), l’Institut National des Sciences Appliquées de Rennes (INSA Rennes) and Sciences Po Rennes. These schools will benefit from the expertise and experience of their peers.