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VINCI’s business activities are directly related to the challenges of green growth. Its companies strive to limit the environmental impact of their work. They develop solutions and services that help reduce the volume of materials used and the amount of energy consumed in their projects and that support biodiversity conservation.

General biodiversity policy

The French Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy officially recognised VINCI‘s proactive commitment to biodiversity under the National Biodiversity Strategy (Stratégie nationale pour la biodiversité, SNB) at the end of 2012. The programme covers Group-wide action designed to pool and build knowledge on biodiversity, share best practices, train and raise awareness of all staff members about biodiversity and develop new solutions to better integrate biodiversity issues in our day-to-day work.

As part of its biodiversity policy, VINCI is a member of the Strategic Orientation Council of the Foundation for Research on Biodiversity (FRB).

The FRB, set up in 2008, is a platform bringing together 170 public and private sector players. Its mission is to support and promote scientific projects related to biodiversity protection.

Measures to promote biodiversity

Several Group companies operating on long cycles and directly impacting natural environments have been addressing biodiversity issues for many years. Measures to avoid and reduce impacts on natural environments and to offset residual effects are developed and applied in partnership with the stakeholders most affected, depending the project, location, species and ecosystems. Over the past few years, VINCI has been involved in defining national standards and guidelines for the Avoid, Reduce and Offset sequence applying to impact on the natural environment. In a drive to maintain a continuous hands-on approach, the Group paid special attention in 2014 to deploying specific biodiversity training and awareness modules.

Biodiversity sponsorship

The LISEA Biodiversity Foundation, set up in 2012 as an extension of the SEA HSL project in France with an endowment of €5 million over five years, helped finance 100 local projects initiated by non-profit organisations, companies and research centres located in the six departments along the route of the Tours-Bordeaux high-speed line. In addition, VINCI works with the scientific community within the framework of «the Chair in Eco-design of Buildings and Infrastructure» to devise its own eco-design tools, such as Biodi(V)strict and NewDistrict, which support biodiversity assessment in urban areas. In 2014, VINCI joined the strategy committee of the Foundation for Research on Biodiversity (FRB) and it takes part in the preparatory work of IPBES, the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services.

Last updated: 21/01/2020