MONTREAL, Nov. 25, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - With Pierre Duchesne, Québec Minister of Higher Education, Research, Science
and Technology, in attendance, Polytechnique Montréal announces the creation of the Centre interdisciplinaire de recherche sur l'opérationnalisation du
développement durable (CIRODD — Interdisciplinary Research Centre on Sustainable Development
The first strategic group focusing on sustainable development in Québec,
CIRODD brings together 15 research chairs, 71 researchers from 11
universities, three CÉGEPS and a technology transfer centre. These
experts are well-known in the areas of life cycle assessment, corporate
social responsibility, process engineering and re-engineering,
environmental policy and law, eco-design, industrial symbiosis, green
logistics, sustainability measurement and analysis, green economics and
Active in a number of key industries in Québec (aerospace, food,
forestry, mobility and transportation, construction and real estate,
mining and ICT), the members of CIRODD have business relationships with
more than 200 companies, as well as with various government departments
Why create such a group?
"The main obstacles to the operationalization of sustainable development
are undoubtedly ambivalence on the part of business and a lack of
knowledge," says Réjean Samson, Director and General Manager of CIRODD
and professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering at
Polytechnique. "How do we find the right solutions? How can we be sure
that they're truly sustainable? There are a lot of factors to consider
and we can't get the answers if we're operating in a vacuum. In order
to find such solutions, we need a range of expertise and a pooling of
A unique research centre where interdisciplinary issues involving the
implementation of sustainable development will be studied, CIRODD aims
to become the catalyst for research in this sector, which is of
strategic importance for Québec.
To fulfil its mission, CIRODD will receive funding from the Fonds
québécois de la recherche sur la nature et les technologies ($2.46
million) and the Fonds de recherche du Québec - Société et Culture
($420,000), as well as contributions from the various participating
research chairs, universities and CÉGEPS.
CIRODD's added value will be to provide a synergistic environment for
researchers from various disciplines who want to conduct
interdisciplinary research in order to generate the knowledge and tools
necessary to develop truly sustainable solutions. The aim of CIRODD is
to prepare both business and society for the transition to a green
economy. One of CIRODD's key features will be to pay particular
attention to the social dimension of sustainable development, with a
research arm specifically dedicated to these issues.
CIRODD's mission is to "conduct, co-ordinate, integrate and transfer
research on the operationalization of sustainable development, with the
ultimate goal of facilitating the emergence of a green economy."
"CIRODD will provide Québec with innovative and consistent scientific
support for the implementation of its economic and sustainable
development strategy," explains Rémi Quirion, Chief Scientist of
Québec. "It will encourage the transfer to businesses of the knowledge,
tools, techniques, methods and processes necessary to produce
sustainable goods and services, as well as the socio-economic resources
needed to transition to a green economy. CIRODD will serve as a means
of operationalization that dovetails nicely with Québec's Politique
nationale de la recherche et de l'innovation (PNRI — National Research
and Innovation Policy).
One of CIRODD's first projects, conducted together with Bombardier, is
aimed at developing methods for the disassembly and recovery of
end-of-life aircraft. Initiated by the Consortium de recherche et
d'innovation en aérospatiale au Québec (CRIAQ — Consortium for Research
and Innovation in Aerospace in Québec), the project brings together
CIRODD academics (Université Laval, McGill) and industry
representatives (Bell Helicopter, Aluminerie Alouette and BFI Canada).
The "sustainable telco cloud computing" project, in partnership with
Ericsson, is another intriguing CIRODD project, one intended to develop
telco-grade cloud-computing technology that will improve service
quality and reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas production.
This initiative is part of the Écolo TIC Project, which is aimed at
boosting Québec's profile in the field of environmentally responsible
digital technology and designing goods and solutions that are
competitive in global markets.
Four major research components
CIRODD's scientific programming consists of four major research
components: 1) measurement of sustainable development;
2) operationalization tools for businesses; 3) resources for
socio-economic integration, and; 4) transfer to users.
CIRODD is headed by Director and General Manager Réjean Samson of
Polytechnique Montréal, Executive Director Valérie Bécaert, and four
Associate Directors: professors Daoud Ait-Kadi of Université Laval,
Mohamed Cheriet of École de technologie supérieure, Corinne Gendron of
Université du Québec à Montréal and Louise Millette of Polytechnique
Valuable training for the next generation
CIRODD will also train a workforce with a holistic view of how to
implement sustainable development and specialized in responsible
production, consumption and governance. An estimated 450 students will
participate in CIRODD projects and become future experts on these
issues in Québec, the rest of Canada and internationally.
Parallel with its launch, CIRODD's first meeting will be held on
November 25, providing its researchers with an opportunity for
networking and discussion. Following this, the Student Forum, an event
organized by students, will take place on November 26. Nearly 100
people are expected to attend this event, to be held under the theme
"Vers la ville de demain" (Toward the City of Tomorrow).
A solid foundation, thanks to CIRAIG
Founded in 2001 by Polytechnique in collaboration with Université de
Montréal and HEC Montréal, the Centre interuniversitaire de recherche
sur le cycle de vie des produits, procédés et services (CIRAIG —
Interuniversity Research Centre for the Life Cycle of Products,
Processes and Services) consisted until recently of roughly 40
researchers from several institutions throughout Québec. These
researchers will now work through the extended structure of CIRODD, and
some 30 new experts have joined the team. CIRAIG remains a centre of
global expertise for the development and operationalization sustainable
development tools based on the life cycle approach, and its activities
involving the strategic group will now be carried out through CIRODD.
CIRODD participant institutions
Four main universities: École de technologie supérieure, Polytechnique
Montréal, Université du Québec à Montréal and Université Laval.
Seven other universities: HEC Montréal, McGill University, Université de
Montréal, Université de Sherbrooke, Université du Québec à Chicoutimi,
Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières, and Université du Québec en
CÉGEPS: CÉGEP de St-Félicien and CÉGEP du Vieux Montréal.
Centre de transfert technologique en écologie industrielle at CEGEP
For more information on the Centre interdisciplinaire de recherche sur l'opérationnalisation du
développement durable (CIRODD): www.cirodd.org
About Polytechnique Montréal
Founded in 1873, Polytechnique Montréal is one of Canada's leading
engineering teaching and research institutions. It is the largest
engineering university in Québec for the size of its student body and
the scope of its research activities. With over 40,000 graduates,
Polytechnique Montréal has educated nearly one-quarter of the current
members of the Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec. Polytechnique provides
training in 15 engineering specialties, has 242 professors and more
than 7,100 students. It has an annual operating budget of over $200
million, including a $72-million research budget.
SOURCE: Centre interdisciplinaire de recherche sur l'opérationnalisation du développement durable (CIRODD)
For further information:
Available for interviews:
- Réjean Samson, Director and General Manager, CIRODD, and professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering, Polytechnique Montréal
- Valérie Bécaert, Executive Director, CIRODD
Media information and interviews:
Senior Adviser, Communications, Polytechnique Montréal
Cell: 514 231-8133
Communications Officer, CIRODD
Cell: 438 824-7244