Climate action

Report | United Nations Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) #13

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All the "Climate action" publication on the UNamur research portal.





Social impact and actions

Institutional initiatives - Sustainable campus

Sustainable mobility

Sustainable mobility is a key concern for UNamur. Several initiatives relating to mobility have therefore been taken by our institution.

  • The Company Travel Plan (PDE) is the first milestone on the road to more sustainable mobility. 
  • Cycle parking for students and staff. 
  • At the BUMP (October 2023): a terminal has been installed in the entrance hall. All you have to do is install your scooter, which will be secured using a code. A locker is also available for your helmet. This installation is currently being tested. The aim? To identify the expectations of members of the university community in this area.
  • Payment of public transport season tickets for UNamur staff.

Structural teleworking

A collective labour agreement (CLA) on structural teleworking and occasional teleworking has been implemented. 

Reducing energy consumption

Several initiatives have been taken to reduce energy consumption (electricity, heating) through more rational use. 

An awareness-raising campaign on energy wastage and how to reduce it was launched in 2022.

Carbon footprint

UNamur has embarked on the production of its Carbon Footprint, which will be published in 2024.  This assessment will help to identify areas for action to make the university even more sustainable.

The Haugimont Estate - Pro Silva forestry project

Ecological and economic assessment - Lessons and prospects for resilient forests in Wallonia

Wallonia's forests are facing a number of challenges, including tree dieback due to prolonged drought, which is forcing the various players involved to rethink their practices in order to adapt to climate disruption.

5 projects have been selected by a jury as part of Wallonia's recovery plan. Over the next two years, the teams involved in these projects will aim to develop and share knowledge on the importance of dead wood for more resilient forests, drought (development of a climatic drought indicator, particularly in forest environments), the ecological and economic assessment of 30 years of Pro Silva silviculture, the functional diversification of forest interfaces and the optimisation of silvicultural itineraries for the creation of resilient mixed stands. 

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Heart of the forest - UbiCast project

For the past two years, UbiCast, the supplier of the in-auditorium recording solution used at the University of Namur has replaced its end-of-year 'goodies' with participation in reforestation projects.  This year, the University of Namur is sponsoring 22 trees located on a project plot in Bolivia.  Find out more about the project (in French) here…

Information and awareness campaigns

2022 | Grande conférence namuroise | From migration to mobilisation: when the climate gets us moving

15/11/2022 | Samuel Lietaer is a specialist in environmental social sciences. His main research interests are climate change adaptation issues, human mobility linked to environmental and climate change, and sustainable development policies in low-income environments.  More info (in French) here…

2022 | TEDx UNamur (Re)Shape the future

TEDx conferences are a simple concept. Its slogan is "Ideas worth spreading"! In short, you choose a theme, you invite a dozen speakers from a wide range of backgrounds and each of them has a maximum of 18 minutes to deliver an innovative and inspiring message to the public!  Read more about the event (in French)...

2021 | Science Congress

Laurent Houssiau, Professor at the Department of Physics at UNamur and Adélaïde Charlier, activist from Namur and co-founder of the Belgian Youth for Climate movement, co-hosted a conference at the Science Congress. Two points of view and two generations converging in the same direction: raising awareness of the need to act now to stop climate change!  Read more (in French)...

2021 | Climate: no more doubt

As part of Professor Xavier Thunis' "Environmental Law and Sustainable Development" course (Faculty of Law), Professor Laurent Houssiau (Department of Physics) recorded a video on the reality of climate change. With graphs, scientific data and figures, he explains that a positive outcome for humanity implies a radical change in our habits.  Read more (in French) here...

The Chair in Sustainable Development and Transition

This UNamur Chair is dedicated to the issue of sustainable development and transition and the ethical issues it raises. It aims to raise awareness and inform the academic community and the general public.  More about the event...

The University Forum for International Development Cooperation (FUCID)

Research institute

Institute of Life, Earth and Environment (ILEE)