About Rennes

Rennes Métropole covers 43 municipalities and has nearly 500,000 inhabitants. Amongst French territories, it ranks third in terms of population growth (+1.4% /year) and second in terms of youth (35% is under 25).

Capital city of Brittany, Rennes is the beating heart of the region’s economy.  This is where the research efforts are concentrated and it stands out in areas which include digital technology, health, agri-food, the environment and industrial automation.

With an international reach, Rennes is the largest higher education hub in north-west France, attracting 63,000 students. Working closely with businesses, this ecosystem fuels high-level research and innovation thanks to over 5,000 researchers.

Rennes is a city steeped in the arts and history that moves with the times. Ranked as the leading French city in terms of “good living”, Rennes is renowned for its quality of life, its rich cultural calendar, the diversity of its heritage, its contemporary art offering and its vibrant student scene.

The City of Rennes and Rennes Métropole joined Energy Cities over twenty years ago and are also signatories to the Covenant of Mayors. After a first generation Climate Plan, Rennes Métropole will adopt a new Territorial Climate-Air-Energy Plan in 2018. Innovation centred on digital mobility, low energy retrofitting of housing and the development of renewable energy are some of the areas that will set the territory on course towards the energy transition. France’s biodiversity capital in 2016, Rennes is developing an urban project that places nature and its waterways at the centre of the city.

See more on the City of Rennes and Rennes Metropole‘s best practices for energy and climate on the Energy Cities’ database.