Sustainable Development and Societal Responsibility

The C footprint of our industrialized societies is incompatible with the objective of limiting the increase in the Earth's average temperature to below +1.5°C compared to the pre-industrial period. To meet this objective, global emissions must be reduced to about 24 GigaTonnes eqCO2 in 2030, or 2.8 Tonnes eqCO2 per human being.

The missions of the working group Sustainable Development and Societal Responsability of the UMR 6118 Géosciences Rennes are (i) to determine the C budget of the laboratory using the tool of the GDR LABO1.5, (ii) to inform the laboratory staff of this budget and (iii) to suggest trajectories for reducing our C footprint.

Composition of the working group SD&SR

Anne-Laure Argentin: Post-doctoral researcher

Annick Battais: Design Engineer Computer Scientist (Technical Department)

Thomas Bernard: Post-doctoral researcher (DEMOD(dé) Team)

Alexandre Coche: Post-doctoral researcher (Eaux & Territoires Team)

Laure Guérit: Researcher (DEMO(dé), Rivières Teams)

Emilie Jardé: Researcher (Eaux & Territoires Team)

Laurent Jeanneau: Researcher (BIPE, Eaux & Territoires Teams)

Frédérique Moreau: Senior Lecturer (DEMO(dé), Eaux & Territoires Teams)

To write to us:  geosc-ddrsatuniv-rennes1 [dot] fr

Environmental Charter of Geosciences Rennes

The impact of our productivist societies on our environment is now clearly demonstrated. It is illustrated in particular by the alteration of biogeochemical flows, the erosion of biodiversity, the chemical pollution of environments, the anthropisation of soils, the alteration of the water cycle, the acidification of the oceans and climate change.

As higher education and research staff working at the interface between science and society, we are aware of the need for an environmental transition that can only be achieved by reducing our greenhouse gas emissions and our environmental impact. We do not believe that the content of our research justifies any form of exemption and are aware of the benefits of being exemplary.

The UMR Geosciences Rennes and its staff are therefore committed to reducing their environmental footprint in order to meet the objectives of the National Low Carbon Strategy. They are thus committed to participating in limiting the increase in the Earth's average temperature, ideally targeted at less than 1.5°C compared to the pre-industrial period. This objective requires achieving carbon neutrality by 2050.

With the support of the "Sustainable Development & Social Responsibility" working group and all staff, management is committed to (i) considering the environmental footprint as an essential part of its policy, (ii) communicating and raising staff awareness of the climate emergency, (iii) proposing indicators for reducing the carbon footprint, (iv) conveying a message to the supervisory authorities to work on the various reduction items.