International Positioning Between CFDD and UNEP

A United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) study has shown that buildings are responsible for almost a third of GHG emissions associated with global water and energy use. Under the agreement on sustainable buildings and climate signed by Université Laval and UNEP in May 2014, the Sustainable Development Training Centre (CFDD) offers more cutting-edge tools for professionals working to curb this environmental problem. Une étude du PNUE révèle que les bâtiments émettent près du tiers des émissions de GES lié à la consommation d’eau et de l’énergie des ressources mondiales. 

The Common Carbon Metric developed by UNEP can be used to quantify energy and greenhouse gas consumption, optimize the environmental performance of buildings, and reduce the consumption of resources to boost the economy and thus improve the health of citizens.


The EDS Institute joins the Sustainable Development Solutions Network

Since July 2013, the EDS Institute has been a member of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), which was created in 2012 under initiatives taken by United Nations general secretary Ban Ki-moon to mobilize scientific and technical expertise to address sustainable development issues.

The SDSN draws on the expertise of universities, scientific research centres, and the technology departments of businesses worldwide. This mobilization is part of the process for defining new sustainable development objectives to achieve the 2015 Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).


Rio+20: United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development

In June 2012, on the occasion of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro, Université Laval agreed to adopt sustainable practices and support the following actions :

  • Teach sustainable development concepts
  • Encourage research on sustainable development issues
  • Green our campuses
  • Support sustainability efforts in the community in which we reside
  • Engage with and share results through international frameworks such as the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development

For more information, see the signed declaration (PDF, in French only).


ECPAR Member

Université Laval joined Espace de concertation pour des pratiques d’approvisionnement responsable (ECPAR) in 2010 and is proud to subscribe to its principles and guidelines for responsible procurement. UL has actively pursued a responsible procurement policy since 2010 and is committed to the following goals:

  1. Encourage the emergence of responsible, high-quality suppliers while taking into account suppliers’ markets, their size, and their economic realities, in a spirit of free competition
  2. Set an example by supplying quality products and services whose total ownership costs and lifecycle impacts are taken into account at the time of purchase
  3. Foster socio-economic spinoffs and local economic development where applicable and possible under the Act Respecting Contracting by Public Bodies
  4. Establish planning, implementation, control, assessment, and accountability mechanisms in responsible procurement
  5. Share its experiences and communicate transparently and proactively about procurement requirements and programs

United Nations Global Compact for Higher Education Institutions

Since December 2011, Université Laval is registered as a participant of the United Nations Global Compact. Université Laval is also proud to have participated in the evaluation of A Practical Guide to the United Nations Global Compact for Higher Education Institutions: Implementing the Global Compact and Communicating on Progress.

In the area of sustainable development, Université Laval is a testing ground for all of the various social stakeholders and partners seeking to implement new approaches, technologies, and practices. Université Laval is :

  • A place to educate qualified, responsible individuals to promote change;
  • A wellspring of new knowledge and innovation;
  • A significant driver of cultural, social, and economic development in the community;
  • A living environment for tens of thousands of people.

For more information, see the documents:


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