KEDGE addresses climate change and biodiversity loss

With over 15000 students, 600 collaborators and professors, KEDGE will inevitably have a significant environmental impact. Impact made even greater when a school is deployed over four main campuses and that most of its students undertake a period of study abroad.
The ever-increasing number of students, more frequent travels and the increased digitalisation are all new challenges the school needs to address and adapt in line with its principles of CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility).
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KEDGE IMPAKT, the strategic project that addresses climate and biodiversity has been organised around 6 key areas:

KEDGE IMPAKT

  • Sustainable mobility 
  • Green IT and responsible purchasing
  • Energy and buildings 
  • Waste reduction and recovery
  • Biodiversity preservation 
  • Low carbon business model

KEDGE has deployed an ambitious low carbon footprint plan which involves switching to renewable energy, finding an alternative to mobility and invest in energy transition.

Did you know that KEDGE had signed its first commitment towards Climate change during the Conference simulation of Parties (COP) in Copenhagen in 2009?

However, the ecological transition cannot be possible without the commitment of KEDGE’s men and women and their full participation in the project. The school will have risen to the challenge when each member of the community will have become a participant in its environment.

With the ambition to achieve carbon neutrality from its activity by 2030 and its positive contribution to biodiversity, KEDGE already sets itself apart with existing projects:

  • Climate Fresco’ or the ‘Fresque du Climat’ is an association that promotes understanding of the causes and consequences of climate change through collective intelligence workshops.
  • CasCioMar project: KEDGE is stepping up its commitment to biodiversity by supporting Nature 2050. The first programme dedicated to adapting environments in the face of climate change. KEDGE has been supporting the caisse des Dépots et Consignation Biodiversité (CDC Biodiversité) through its project which has enabled the restoration of 15,000m2 of shallow coastal waters in the bays of Cassis, La Ciotat and Marseille in 3 years. On average 2000 students take part every year around 200 case studies on biodiversity issues.
  • The school innovates on responsible digitalisation. It lowers its CO2 emission linked to digitalisation, recondition its IT material, put specific measures in place to be disabled-friendly and trains on the Tech For Good (sustainable tech use integration).
  • All green spaces are managed in an environmentally-responsible manner, food waste is composted, some campuses have beehives and nesting boxes.
  • Daily mobility is at the heart of the campus proposed facilities, electric bikes, bike sheds, electric car dedicated spaces, car sharing, good connection to public transports.
  • Green nudges to encourage more responsible behaviour are present all over the campuses.
  • All buildings are built or renovated with a commitment to high energy performance and a 100% of campus electricity produced is from renewable energy sources.

 

What are KEDGEs commitments for sustainable campuses?

Towards a soft and reasonable mobility

KEDGE currently has an annual carbon footprint emission equivalent to 21.000 tonnes (scope 3) per year of which 60% is linked to the daily mobility of students and collaborators as well as the international travels (studies abroad). KEDGE has for ambition to achieve carbon neutrality from its activity by 2030.

Hence the school readjusting its mobility plan and re-evaluating its needs on a yearly basis. The campus has introduced electric bikes, encourages car sharing, electric cars and for everyone to privilege public transportation.

It must be said that all campuses are now easily accessible.

Did you know that a plane trip is 45 more pollutants than a trip by train?

Building and energy management

KEDGE uses the most up-to-date technologies to create more sustainable campuses. The school renovates its old buildings and invests in new energy-efficient ones. This combination coupled up with a green energy purchasing policy contributes significantly to the objectives to achieve carbon neutrality, modernity, well-being and conviviality on our campuses.

Did you know that building renovation is one of the first levers for reducing greenhouse gas emissions?

Transform IT systems

KEDGE is one of the four higher education establishments to pilot the project responsible digitalisation.

Each action we perform online has an environmental impact: every time we send an email, use the Internet, social media, a small amount of carbon is emitted. Our increasing reliance on digital tools has an environmental impact that’s becoming increasingly harder to ignore.

KEDGE’s ambition is to use a responsible digital approach, educate themselves, identify potential environmental improvements and implement them.

This involves communication, training, the deployment of The Digital Collage (a workshop to understand, as a team and in a fun way, the impact of digital technology on the environment) or a newsletter write-up.

In order to lower the carbon footprint, teams are also working on the issue of overstocking, the use of video conferencing, the feasibility of extending the lifespan of digital devices or refurbishing old equipment.

 

Did you know that a 7-hour video conference is equivalent to a train trip Paris-Reims?

Develop responsible purchasing

KEDGE has made the commitment to integrate CSR criteria into its overall assessment of prospective suppliers. The school has chosen to embed CSR requirements into its contracts and tender documents.

At the same time, the school supports and educates its suppliers to become fully knowledgeable on the topic.

This is called the responsible supplier relation which aims to inform economic players about the challenges that sustainable procurement and customer-supplier relations present.

Did you know that 100% of contracts with our providers contribute to the school’s inclusiveness and sustainability goals?

Eliminate waste

It has been predicted that by 2050, there will be more plastic waste in the ocean than fish.

At KEDGE, we have decided to tackle the problem at source. For several years now, the school has made this issue a major focus with the implementation of recycling channels for all recycle waste: paper, cans, cardboard, plastic, cigarette butts and compost. It has also found other ways to reduce its usage such as the use of your own cup for beverages on the go, reusable water bottles, the use of paper over plastic…

Did you know that KEDGE collects around 200 000 cigarette butts a year which get recycled and allows the school to preserve the equivalent of 40 Olympic size swimming pools in fresh water? 

Protect and restore biodiversity

According to recent analysis, the sixth mass extinction of wildlife on Earth is accelerating due to the human alterations to the landscapes and the reduced biodiversity.

Kedge is stepping up its commitment to biodiversity by supporting Nature 2050, the first programme dedicated to adapting environments in the face of climate change. In keeping with its climate and biodiversity plan, the school is involved in an important project that responds to biodiversity issues in its environment. CasCioMar2050, the first marine initiative has for objective to restore shallow coastal areas around Marseille, Cassis and La Ciotat and adapt them to face the effects of climate change, and to do this by 2050.

Did you know that 75% of businesses in France are located less than 5 kilometres away from an area of ecological interest?

100%

of green energy on our Bordeaux and Marseille campuses

75 to 90%

of waste recycled and recovered

10KT

of carbon footprint (scope 3 emissions)

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