CSR in 2018

The school's decision to commit to a sustainable development approach dates back to 2006. A commission was set up to put forward measures to improve campus management (buildings, energy, etc.), and monitor and assess action undertaken. This work has resulted in the implementation (completed or in progress) of new procedures (waste management, postal services), renovation and/or development (energy), etc.

Article 55 of the Grenelle I Act of 3 August 2009 requires all higher education institutions to implement a sustainable development approach (in economic, societal and environmental terms) as part of a "Green Plan". The Conférence des Grandes Ecoles has set up a reference framework for the implementation of this plan with an emphasis on continuous improvement.

This is broken down into five areas:

  1. Strategy and governance
  2. Teaching and traning
  3. Research
  4. Environment management
  5. Social policy and local communities

Strategy and governance


Teaching and Training



Since 2010, the establishment has carried out numerous actions: new training courses and specialisations, projects with local stakeholders, waste sorting, monitoring energy consumption, studies on buildings, etc.

New in 2018:
  • an updated multiannual property strategy plan, incorporating energy and electricity consumption projects
  • the establishment of a working group to review waste contracts
  • renewal of the "sheep" experiment and their inclusion in the management of green spaces.
New in 2018:
  • Civic engagement - 100 compulsory hours as part of the general engineering programme. A voluntary, unpaid commitment, benefiting a community outside the school. Students can choose to serve communities such as associations, local authorities (town halls, local or regional authorities), or public institutions (museums, middle schools, high schools etc).
  • introduction of the "Ecological Transition Mornings": a conference series organized by the students of the Engineering for Ecological Transition option with two conferences held in 2018: with Yannick Roudaut and Samuel Courgey.
  • a revised curriculum for CSR-related courses
Research at Centrale Nantes addresses many aspects of energy transition.

Of particular note in 2018, work on:
  • materials and, in particular, innovative and less material-intensive concrete with the Edycem Chair,
  • industrial manufacturing methods, with advances in additive manufacturing, which also saves resources.
  • energy with the hosting of the first French offshore wind turbine on the test site, and the renewal of industrial chairs with car manufacturers and their equipment suppliers to reduce automobile consumption and emissions

Environment Management

Social Policy and local communities

After a strong focus on recycling in 2014/2015, the emphasis in 2018 turned to the campus's energy balance.
  • CO2 emissions divided by four following connection to the Nantes Métropole heating network
  • monitoring and control of electricity consumption with the implementation of a monitoring solution to identify building by building, hour by hour the origin of  consumption
  • thermal study of building E, comparison before and after rehabilitation: energy consumption cut by 27%
  • heat recovery study of the supercomputer
In 2018, the school renewed:
  • its commitment to the Regional Trophies for Sustainable Development, which every year reward four candidate companies/organisations for their commitment and achievements in CSR. Engineering students from Ecole Centrale, Ecole ESAIP d'Angers, and ESSCA Angers analyse the approach taken by the candidates.
  • its status as a member of the Regional CSR platform, and notably as co-rapporteur of the CSR working group.
  • its participation in the Nantes Métropole CSR Committee
Published on January 22, 2020 Updated on February 7, 2020