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Environmental commitment

The URJC is committed to promoting that its teaching, research and service activities are governed by criteria of sustainability and respect for the environment. Through a complete program, the URJC reduces its environmental footprint and encourages behaviors that respect the environment.

website UNEFE

Lines of action

Energy efficiency

In 2015, the Energy Efficiency Unit (hereinafter, UNEFE) was approved by the Governing Council of the Rey Juan Carlos University (hereinafter, URJC) on September 25. UNEFE carries out a fundamental activity in the implementation of the Energy Management System in the Móstoles and Fuenlabrada Campuses, without relegating control of the rest of the buildings that make up the University, whose main objective is to reduce the significant energy consumption of said campus, increasing the efficiency of energy use and the consequent reduction in energy costs, taking into account the comfort of users. Years ago, there was the Energy Efficiency Commission which was absorbed into the UNEFE.

UNEFE, as Energy Manager of the buildings belonging to the University, made up of more than 50 buildings spread over 5 campuses (Móstoles, Alcorcón, Fuenlabrada, Vicálvaro and Aranjuez) and 2 buildings in the center of Madrid (Manuel Becerra and Quintana-Ferraz ), has a cross-cutting nature, and has full powers in matters of energy efficiency, collaborating directly in the coordination and technical management of all the actions that are carried out in this matter on the University campuses, through its Bodies. of government. Functionally, it depends on the Office of the Vice President for Innovation and Transfer and the Office of the Vice President for Infrastructures at the University.

Among the functions carried out by this Unit, it is worth mentioning: monitoring of energy consumption, performance of energy audits, audits of the management system, and the proposal of actions to improve the use of energy, including aspects of energy efficiency in construction and modification of facilities. All of this on the Móstoles and Fuenlabrada campuses.

At the Alcorcón and Vicálvaro Campuses, energy audits have been carried out in order to comply with Royal Decree 56/2016, which have been registered in the Community of Madrid, and to advance the necessary actions for their future inclusion in the System.

One of the main achievements was obtaining, in 2014, the "Certificate of the Energy Management System - ISO 50001" at the Móstoles Campus of the Rey Juan Carlos University. In 2017, the Certificate was extended to include the Fuenlabrada campus, which has made it possible to give greater visibility, both internally and externally, to all the actions aimed at saving and energy efficiency that have been carried out at the University since the year 2011.

For more information visit the website of the UNEFE

Waste management

Do you know the strategy of the three 'R's?

It is a strategy used in waste management, based on three concepts applied in this order: Reduce, Reuse and Recycle.

  • The first thing is to reduce the amount of waste we generate. This prevention phase is very effective in the management system, also reducing the danger and its impact on the environment.
  • The second step is to reuse as many times as possible everything that we consider necessary and therefore we cannot avoid using it. In this way, we extend its useful life, and at the same time we avoid generating new waste.
  • As a final step, Recycle. The recycling process involves giving a new use to materials and objects that cannot be used for their initial purpose.

Recycling the waste that has to undergo a transformation process for its reuse allows us to reduce the waste material in landfills and obtain raw material for a new use.

In order to complete this phase and make it profitable, citizen collaboration is essential by carrying out the separation of waste. 

Remember: How do I have to separate the waste?

Yellow container: you must deposit three types of containers in it:

Plastic containers (for example bottles of soft drinks, mineral water, detergents, softeners, shopping bags, white cork trays, yogurt tubs, etc.).

Metal containers (cans and cans of soft drinks, beer, preserves, aluminum trays, aluminum foil, etc.).

Brik type containers (for milk, juices, soups, and other foods such as sugar, legumes, etc.).

Green container: This container is intended to collect only GLASS CONTAINERS (bottles, jars and glass jars for preserves, etc.)

Blue container: This is where well-folded cardboard containers are collected (all kinds of cardboard boxes, such as those for breakfast cereals, cookies, etc.), wrapping paper, writing paper, newspapers, magazines , notebooks, etc

Organic waste container: All organic waste such as food scraps, stained paper and cardboard (eg pizza box, diapers, used disposable tissues, food scraps,...) must be deposited in this container.

Clean Points: Some of the waste we generate at home (batteries and accumulators, light bulbs, medicines, used cooking oils, electronic devices, CDs, DVDs, etc.) cannot be deposited in any of these containers. They must be deposited in specific containers for each type of material, located in the CLEAN POINTS, and with the aim of being subsequently transferred to recovery, treatment or confinement centers. There are many in the community of Madrid. Find out which is the closest CLEAN POINT to your home.

Where can I deposit my waste at the URJC?

PDF | Alcorcon

PDF | fuenlabrada

PDF | Mostoles

PDF | Vicalvaro

Waste Collection

  • Implementation of a free battery collection system on all campuses with the authorized manager ECOPILAS.
  • Implementation of Mobile Collection as a solidarity project with an agreement with the Children with Cancer Association and managed by Solidarity Mobiles.
  • Selective collection plan for packaging and organic waste at source on all campuses of the Rey Juan Carlos University. PDF 'I'm counting on you' campaign.
  • Collection of chemical and biological waste by authorized managers.
  • Selective collection of beverage containers in cafeterias, URJC agreement and MPC Environmental Recovery Systems.
  • Toner collection. The URJC has a toner collection service for the university's printing equipment. Ask the assistants of the buildings where to deposit the used toner and they will inform you.
  • Paper collection. You have outdoor paper bins on all campuses. Almost all buildings have paper containers inside. We are working so that you have paper containers in any URJC building.

If you want to receive more information or have any questions or suggestions, please contact us through our 'green mailbox':

Other performances:

  • Preparation of the 'Preliminary Study of the situation in terms of waste management at the URJC facilities from the point of view of Environmental Management'. December 2010.
  • Report on 'Waste management on the Móstoles campus'
  • Campaign 'The Glass Games. The glass challenge

Responsible consumption

Responsible consumption consists of optimizing the use of resources and reducing consumption, while improving the quality of the activity or service performed.

Why should we reduce consumption?

Wasting raw materials, energy or water generates high environmental damage, increases economic costs and does not improve either the quality of life or the quality of the work carried out.

What can we do to reduce the consumption of paper, water, electricity or other resources at the URJC or at home?

Good practices for holding sustainable events at the URJC

PDF Good Practices

PDF green buying guide

Lines of Action in reducing consumption

  • Good practices in the organization of sustainable events
  • Study of qualities and prices of recycled paper for its implementation
  • Study on the incorporation of environmental criteria in the regulations for the presentation of doctoral theses.
  • Paper consumption awareness campaign aimed at managers of different university sectors.
  • Awareness Campaign Market 'I'll change it for you'
  • Incorporation of environmental criteria in the project to modify Green Areas on the Móstoles campus. FOREST Project.
  • Study Green Areas. Water consumption. Campus of Móstoles and Fuenlabrada
  • Green Buying Guide
  • Incorporation of sustainable public procurement criteria in tenders

What is fair trade?

The main criteria that define Fair Trade are:

Decent wages and working conditions for producers in the South, organized in associations, cooperatives or groups with a democratic operation.
Protection of the fundamental rights of people.
Igualdad de son
No child exploitation
Elaboration of quality articles with practices favorable to the environment.

More information in the Green Buying Guide

Project "Universities for Fair Trade"

If you want to receive more information or have any questions or suggestions, please contact us through our 'green mailbox':

Links of interest from associations:

Help in Action
Vicente Ferrer Foundation
Intermón Oxfam
you recreate
International Solidarity

Sustainable mobility

Today, the movement of people and goods is the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions, even above emissions from industry.

How to get to the different URJC campuses by public transport

Alcorcon Campus
Fuenlabrada Campus
Mostoles Campus
Madrid Campus

The URJC and sustainable mobility

Transportation aid. The University encourages the use of public transport by its staff by annually calling a transport aid program, consisting of financing the cost of the transport pass or public transport card that corresponds to the area of ​​residence of the public employee and his or her workplace. .

Lines of Action

  • Creation of the URJC Sustainable Mobility Commission
  • The URJC in collaboration with the Ministry of Science, Universities and Innovation and the Transport Consortium of the Community of Madrid are working on the implementation of university mobility plans (PMUs) in the different university campuses of the University.
  • Promote the use of shared cars among the members of the University Community through different digital platforms.
  • Promote the use of electric cars among the members of the University Community. For this, the University is working on the incorporation of recharging points in the different University Campuses.
  • Implementation of a plan to promote the use of bicycles as a sustainable means of transport.
  • Promote the use of sustainable transport in all service providers external to the University.
  • Promote the use of renewable energies (implementation of photovoltaic panels to power bicycles or electric scooters).
  • Active participation in different awareness campaigns:
    • The URJC has participated annually since 2009 in the awareness campaign carried out by the Madrid Universities 'University Caravan for Sustainable Mobility'.
    • URJC PAS and PDI mobility study (all campuses). Origin destiny
    • Campaign 'Activate your life by adding minutes'
    • Sustainable Mobility Program of the European Universities

Links of interest

Community of Madrid transport pass
Itineraries of the EMT bus lines
RENFE commuter trains Madrid
Madrid's Underground
IDAE Car databases. Consumption and Emissions
IDAE Tips to save fuel

Curricular sustainability

“The serious situation of poverty, violence, inequality and depletion of energy or water resources, among others, threaten the viability of the planet and show us a world marked by growing social injustice. To overcome this situation, a deep reflection is needed about the meanings, ends, purposes, contents and practices of the education that children, young people and adults are receiving, which transforms it, successfully, into the engine for change and for building a sustainable future. The necessary changes require that each of our countries be able to ensure a quality education throughout life for each and every one of its inhabitants...

...understanding that sustainable development is essential to guarantee humanity a decent future and a globalization process that benefits everyone” (United Nations (2007) “Proceedings of the General Conference. Resolutions” P. 37)

Introduce Sustainability in the university curriculum

Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) prepares all people, regardless of their profession and social status, to plan, face and resolve the threats that weigh on the sustainability of our planet, aware that this balance is the basis for persistence of our society and a basic tool for social justice and equality. The purpose of ESD is to understand the global threats to sustainability that affect countries and communities and to seek to address them.

As stated in the document, "Guidelines for the introduction of Sustainability in the Curriculum" (CADEP-CRUE 2011),

“...universities must prepare professionals who are capable of using their knowledge, not only in a scientific context, but also for social and environmental needs. It is about approaching the entire educational process in a holistic way, introducing skills for sustainability in a transversal way, so that the student learns to make decisions and carry out actions from sustainable criteria.”

For this reason, universities have the responsibility to train future professionals in sustainability, whatever their professional profile.

The Rey Juan Carlos University, assuming this challenge, has begun the compulsory training activity of Academic Credit Recognition, RAC: Sustainability: Criteria and decision making (intranet).

PDF Decade for Education for Sustainable Development (DESD) 2005-2014

PDF Guidelines for the introduction of Sustainability in the Curriculum” (CADEP-CRUE 2012)

Lines of Action

1.Environmental education as an objective in institutions.

  • Documentary analysis on the need to develop environmental education and curricular sustainability as a discipline in the training of students and future professionals by different international organizations.

2. Curriculum sustainability in the study plans of the Rey Juan Carlos University.

  • Studies on the degree of implementation of Sustainability in the curriculum of students
    • From the Teaching Guides.
      Practicum "Curricular environmentalization at the Rey Juan Carlos University" by Sandra Muñoz Tabernero (Bachelor of Environmental Sciences. May 2013)
      Study of the level of presence of curricular sustainability in the new study plans of the Rey Juan Carlos University through the Teaching Guides. Calculation of the curricular sustainability rate of the degree, which allows obtaining an indicator of the levels of curricular sustainability achieved in each case, grades, schools, subjects. (course 2014-2015)
    • The PDI and curricular sustainability at URJC
      Consultation project for the teaching and research staff of the University on the possibility of including sustainability as a concept/competence in the development of their teaching activity, regardless of the subject taught. The consultation will be carried out through personal interviews and surveys. (In process)
    • The perception of students in their training in curricular sustainability
      Consultation project for university students about their perception that the concept and/or competence of sustainability should be included in their training during their training, whatever the profile of their studies. In this case, the query is raised through surveys and discussion groups. (In process)
  • Mandatory training activity for academic recognition of credits (RAC) on "Sustainability: Criteria and decision making"
    Implemented in the 2015/2016 academic year. Available from January 2016.
    The purpose of this activity is to contribute to the "comprehensive and critical training of students", as stated in the statutes of the Rey Juan Carlos University and to comply with the provisions of the CRUE Guidelines for the introduction of the Sustainability in the Curriculum.


UNESCO, United Nations Decade for Education for Sustainable Development 2005-2015. The Decade in a nutshell.


UNESCO 2000. The Earth Charter