2024-06 THE Impact Rankings: UPPA tops the French university ranking in the “Clean and affordable energy” category


THE Impact Rankings: UPPA Tops the French University Ranking in the “Affordable and Clean Energy” Category

On June 12, Times Higher Education (THE) published the 2024 edition of its international University Impact Rankings identifying and celebrating universities that excel across United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Although the University of Pau and Pays de l’Adour, in its first year of participation, is not yet included in the overall ranking, it ranks 31st for Goal 7 “Affordable and clean energy,” out of 987 universities (96 countries). This places it first in France, with the other French universities ranking above 200th in this category.

According to Times Higher Education, these institutions stand out for their commitment to developing and promoting sustainable energy services, enhancing energy efficiency and fostering investment in energy infrastructure. Through innovative research and practical applications, they contribute significantly to diversifying the energy mix and improving universal access to clean energy resources.

These universities are not only leaders in researching clean energy technologies but in implementing campus-wide initiatives to reduce energy consumption and increase the use of renewable energy sources. Their work extends beyond academia, influencing global policies and practices through international cooperation, thus playing a vital role in shaping a sustainable energy future.

Rank 601-800 for UN SDG 17: Partnerships for the Goals

The University of Pau and Pays de l’Adour (UPPA) is also well ranked for UN SDG 17 “Partnerships for achieving the goals,” coming in between 601st and 800th place out of the 2031 universities (from 121 countries) ranked in this category, which highlights support for the SDGs in general via collaborations with other countries (in particular with partners in the UNITA alliance for UPPA), the promotion of good practices at international level and the publication of scientific data related to the SDGs.

Find out more about the ranking linked to this SDG

In order to appear in the overall ranking, UPPA will have to apply for two additional Sustainable Development Goals, which it intends to do by 2025.

UPPA’s university social responsibility policy

The University of Pau and Pays de l’Adour is currently deploying its sustainable development and social responsibility approach (DD&RS label) through a university social responsibility policy (RSU) broken down into three major orientations supported by the entire university community:

  • Ensuring the well-being and quality of life of our users;
  • Reducing our environmental footprint;
  • Responding to societal challenges of transition through responsible, open and honest research.