Taking action for the climate entails transforming the way we work. This means optimising our energy consumption and switching to renewable sources on a massive scale, to ease our reliance on fossil fuels. It also involves thinking again about the way we design projects, and thereby making our buildings and infrastructure more resilient, carbon-light and energy-efficient. We also have to invent new services and solutions that transform mobility, homes and lifestyles, so that our customers can shrink their carbon footprints too.
To do that, VINCI has started comprehensively re-engineering its production and operation processes and equipment. We are rolling out action plans at Group level, including specific indicators to monitor progress in each business line.
1 – Reduce our direct greenhouse gas emissions (Scopes 1 and 2) by 40% between 2018 and 2030
In 2020, direct greenhouse gas emissions from our own activities (i.e. carbon-accounting Scopes 1 and 2) amounted to an estimated 2.2 million tonnes of CO2 equivalent.
Below is a list of the concrete measures that VINCI companies are taking to address the main emission sources.
|Actions taken||Performance indicators|
|Worksite machines, heavy vehicles||• Replacing some worksite machines with hybrid models, promoting eco-driving practices and installing sensors to track consumption||• Greenhouse gas emissions in Scopes 1 and 2 |
Total energy consumption and breakdown
Consommation totale d’énergie
|• Teaming up with worksite machine manufacturers and leasing companies to test innovative low-carbon systems in real-life conditions|
|• Speeding up renewal of the fleet of light and utility vehicles, replacing them with electric or other models to lower greenhouse emissions|
|• Encouraging employees to reduce their own consumption, with carpooling platforms, training in eco-driving and incentives to switch to active travel|
|• Conducting experiments using hydrogen, biogas and other alternative fuels to power utility vehicles|
|Industrial activities||• Optimising energy efficiency|
|Buildings and worksite facilities||• Auditing energy efficiency in our buildings and taking targeted action including thermal renovation, temperature regulation, eco-design, etc.|
|• Using more worksite facilities meeting high energy efficiency standards|
|Renewable energies||• Increasing the use of renewable energies, especially thanks to the installation photovoltaic power plants for self-consumption||• Share of renewable energy consumed|
2 – Reduce our indirect emissions by taking action across the value chain in our business lines
We have carried out an initial assessment to estimate greenhouse gas emissions from the Group’s indirect activities (Scope 3), which has shed light on the main issues and the levers to deal with them.
The actions taken in this area by VINCI companies are listed below.
|Supply chain||Embarking on an improvement drive with strategic suppliers and subcontractors||Share of low-carbon concrete used (VINCI Construction)|
|Gradually mainstreaming low-carbon concretes at all VINCI Construction worksites|
|2030 target for VINCI Construction: 90% low-carbon concrete|
|Customer solutions||Applying environmental solutions that help our customers reduce their carbon footprint: sustainable construction, energy efficiency, sustainable mobility||Emissions avoided (in millions of tonnes of CO2 equivalent) through customer solutions relating to the environment (the associated methodological framework is being defined)|
|Concessions: encouraging users to switch to low-carbon options on motorways (expanding electric vehicle charging capacity, carpooling facilities and multimodal hubs) and in airports (modulating airport tax charges based on aircrafts’ carbon emissions, contributing to developing sustainable biofuel and hydrogen systems)|
|Eco-design||Developing tools to quantify carbon impacts of projects during the bidding phase in order to propose low-carbon alternatives||Number of tools used and strategies implemented|
|Implementing low-carbon strategies in engineering (e.g. VINCI Construction’s Environment in Design approach)|
3 - Adapt our structures and activities to improve their climate change resilience
The impacts of climate change are exposing our projects and constructions to risks. We have already embedded resilience in the Group’s process to assess risks on its projects.
|Actions taken||Performance indicators|
|New business||Performing self-assessment to identify the climate-related risks arising from the geographical locations of existing sites and carrying out preliminary analysis for new sites||PPercentage of fixed sites that have assessed climate-related risks|
|Prise d’affaire||Using decision-making tools (assessment grids, flowcharts) to identify and anticipate the issues in the project during the bidding phase||Factoring of environmental risks into assessment grids and bidding processes|