Carbon Neutrality


It's now a matter of real urgency that we understand and have others understand that the IPCC reports are not mere opinion, but scientific reality. In order to limit global warming to 1.5°C, the IPCC concludes that we must reduce our CO2 emissions by 45% (from 2010 levels) by 2030, reaching 'net zero' by the middle of the century.

This project specialisation is designed for students to take action to support the school - and more broadly, society - in reducing its carbon footprint. Students will be fully immersed in this topic on a daily basis, affording them the knowledge and skills to take action on this issue during their professional careers.

A customised training programme

Support the school in an ecological and solidarity transition process to achieve carbon neutrality:

  • Know and understand the main sciences and technologies related to energy, eco-design, climate change issues, etc., while exploring the associated solutions,
  • Assess the school's carbon footprint and compare it with the previous measure.  Propose an action plan to reduce the footprint,
  • Raise awareness about climate issues among students and school staff
  • Develop digital tools to calculate the carbon footprint of a higher education institution and its users,
  • Develop a platform accessible to other institutions to support them in their ecological and solidarity transition process, 
  • Implement, in agreement with Centrale Nantes, one or more actions with a high cost/benefit ratio and significant short-term impact
  • Communicate and share the work carried out in order to guide as many people as possible to reduce their carbon footprint. 

Project-based learning

Project-based learning allows students to acquire different skills through:

  • A tailor-made training programme that adapts to the needs of students
  • Agile and autonomous organisation
  • Tailored support
  • An opportunity to take concrete action on a current and global issue,
  • Full immersion in ecological and climate themes

Project deliverables

  • Carbon footprint of Centrale Nantes - Scope 3 CO2 (direct and indirect) emissions,
  • Tools to measure the school's carbon footprint and also one's individual carbon footprint to encourage others to act collectively,
  • Workshops and support media to raise user awareness and disseminate knowledge,
  • Proposal for a climate action plan based on the carbon footprint,
  • Regular project monitoring deliverables (minutes, progress reports and indicators, planning etc.),
  • Assessment of the impact of the actions carried out within the specialisation to reduce Centrale Nantes emissions

Industry Sectors

  • Environment
  • Energy
  • Management
  • Consultancy
  • IT
  • Innovation
  • Communication
  • Social


  • Project engineering
  • Carbon impact
  • IT
  • Data processing and analysis
  • Knowledge transfer
  • Change manangement
  • Complexity management
  • Teamwork
  • Creativity
Published on May 20, 2019 Updated on May 22, 2019