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Jobs, constructing closures… How the College of Clermont Auvergne needs to take care of rising vitality payments

Should we expect the measure to be implemented elsewhere in France?

The University of Clermont-Ferrand (Puy-de-Dôme), Clermont Auvergne does not currently follow this path, which does not mean that it does not take the subject as its basis. Mathias recalls that his teams are “working on the implementation of an energy prudence plan, which both aims to ensure business continuity and is part of the goal of reducing the energy bill by 10% by 2024.” Bernard, president of the university.

He criticized measures taken by the University of Strasbourg to extend holidays and distance courses

“Students have already suffered”

The proposed arrangements, which will be approved at the end of October, exclude any question of face-to-face teaching throughout the school year. There are two reasons for this, explains Mathias Bernard, president of the University of Clermont Auvergne:

“Transferring classes to distance learning transfers energy consumption to that of the students. For the finances of the university, of course, this is positive, but for energy consumption on a national scale, it has the opposite effect to me: it is better to heat the amphitheater and our 40,000 students come to the university en masse and use the home heating system on the contrary, we are looking for neutral solutions for students who are already suffering and greatly shaken during the health crisis.”

Matthias Bernard (President of the University of Clermont Auvergne)

Full shutdown during the holidays?

On the other hand, other measures to reduce energy consumption are also being studied. Example: “We are thinking of closing our buildings completely for two weeks during the Christmas and February holidays, explains Mathias Bernard. This will have no effect on teaching, only on the staff. administrative and research. teams.”

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Other ways lead to a proliferation of eco-responsible gestures, such as turning off computing devices instead of putting them on standby. But the university faces a limitation:

“Two thirds of our buildings (The university has an area of ​​300,000 m², editor’s note) are energy filters. We can’t even heat up to 19°C in winter! So lowering the heat will only work in part of our buildings. If we really want to reduce our consumption, the real problem is the insulation work. We need investment from the state and the region”

Matthias Bernard (President of the University of Clermont Auvergne)

And there is urgency. With its 300,000 m² building, the university spends an average of seven million euros on liquid consumption every year.

An energy bill due in 2022, but could be doubled in 2023. “All our small measures will affect up to 7-10% of our consumption. Our efforts are aimed at preventing an increase up to two or three million euros. It is able to absorb. But seven million euros, we will not be able to. Long before the problems of access to energy, since the 1970s it is urgent to renew our legacy…”

Arthur Jesbron

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