Rennes Campus 2030: a comprehensive modernisation and transition plan

For several years, the university has been developing a comprehensive plan for modernisation and environmental transition as part of the PEEC 2030 programme (programme for the energy efficiency of campuses by 2030). This work materialised in 2019 through an ambitious project with the emblematic name "Rennes Campus 2030".
Gros plan sur un bâtiment du campus de Beaulieu

An ambitious project to ensure much-needed energy-efficient and practical renovation

Careful consideration of real estate assets as well as their management, use, and the provision of attractive facilities for the entire university community is a key strategic concern for the institution.
Over the different campuses, all buildings will be renovated and retrofitted on an ecological, societal and energy basis.
Through the "Rennes Campus 2030" plan, the university commits to the environmental transition, while pursuing and extending actions towards sustainable development already underway. These actions concern the following areas: mobility, biodiversity, sorting of waste, sustainable management of real estate assets, and a partnership-based approach with local actors.
"Rennes Campus 2030" is also an urban and social transition project that will help to anchor the campuses in their local area and to contribute to local dynamics through a policy of corporate social responsibility reflected through actions in training, professional integration, civic dialogue and the opening up of culture to the city.

The university has set itself several target objectives:

  • reducing energy consumption by a factor of 4 through an ambitious renovation plan and the rationalisation of energy use to reduce the overall energy bill. The University of Rennes is one of the pilot institutions of PEEC 2030, an ambitious programme for the energy efficiency of campuses by 2030 developed as part of the France Universités organisation;
  • reaching carbon neutrality by 2050: compensate for emissions produced by the university by investing in renewable energies or other types of technology.
  • reducing real estate surface by 20% by optimising and rationalising spaces: the university will reinvent spaces to adapt to new types of use by bringing energy perfomance into the equation, by working with the entire university community and by improving its practices.

Designed and led by the Real Estate and Logistics Department, DIL, the "Rennes Campus 2030" programme has 3 main pillars, 3 figures to keep in mind to take the full measure of its scope:

  • a project developed over 15 years,
  • an estimated budget of 450 million euros,
  • 100% of real estate assets renovated (those fully owned by the university).

A project that is part of a coherent and virtuous approach at several levels

The project is in keeping with existing initiatives at national level and is also based on the dynamic trend that has been ongoing for several years within the institution, such as the 'intracting' measure, a fund of almost €3 million created in 2016 with the French bank serving the public interest, the Caisse des Dépôts, to improve the energy efficiency of the university's real estate assests, and the sustainable building charter for the energy efficiency of public and private commercial buildings adopted by the universities of Rennes.


The "Maison du Projet" and its team

Since September 2020, a team entirely devoted to the "Rennes Campus 2030" project is committed to implementing the different phases of the project. This is the Real Estate Modernisation and Development Centre (PMDI) .

This team is physically located on Beaulieu campus in building 33, which has been renamed "Maison du Projet".

© Chalotte Philip

The Maison du Projet, which is a veritable third space, positions itself as a hybrid space and a place to exhibit, experiment and work that is open to all, allowing people to discover the university's heritage, and to inform, communicate and invent together.