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VINCI’s businesses and activities are closely related to the challenges of green growth. Our companies strive to limit the environmental impact of their activities. They develop solutions that help reduce the amount of materials used for construction works and the energy consumed by the completed structures and they strive to protect biodiversity.
Combatting climate changeIn 2007, VINCI initiated a proactive programme to reduce and control greenhouse gas emissions in order to anticipate, monitor and comply with legislation in the most advanced countries in this area. VINCI has seven facilities that are subject to Phase III of the European emissions trading scheme's National Allocation Plan and complies with the Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC) in the United Kingdom. These new regulations are opening up opportunities for VINCI, whose companies now offer their customers climate-friendly solutions that enable them to reduce their own greenhouse gas emissions.
Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissionsThe Group’s environmental reporting system culminates in an annual report drawn up by the statutory auditors. Since 2007, VINCI has measured its greenhouse gas emissions in accordance with the ISO 14064 standard, which was drawn up by 175 international experts from 45 countries.The GHG inventory is divided into three “scopes”:
- Scope 1 covers emissions resulting from the use of fossil fuels by permanent sites, worksites and the vehicle fleet, as well as non-energy emissions.
- Scope 2 covers emissions resulting from energy purchases, primarily in the form of electricity, by permanent sites and worksites.CO2 emissions generated by VINCI structures are reduced under an eco-design programme.
- Scope 3 accounts for emissions related to the use of infrastructure – notably automobile infrastructure and airports - operated under concession. This programme takes on board the construction, utilisation and end-of-life phases of the infrastructure in a move to compare technical alternatives at the design stage in order to reduce emissions.
Adapting to climate changeVINCI has adopted France’s plan for adjusting to climate change and takes a forward-looking approach to the issue. The Group plans in advance for any necessary changes to cities and buildings, particularly through eco-design projects in which studies span the structure’s whole life cycle. VINCI plays a central role in making new and existing structures more resistant to extreme weather events, ensuring long-term durability and providing innovative construction solutions.
A few results of our activities (at end 2015)- For the ninth year running, VINCI confirmed its leadership position in France regarding climate strategy.
- 32 French subsidiaries were concerned and applied Article 75 of the Grenelle II Environment Law, which requires companies to perform greenhouse gas audits and define action plans to reduce greenhouse gases.
- In 2015, the no-stop 30 km/hour electronic toll lanes lowered CO2 emissions by 51,574 tonnes.
- Carpooling places made available avoided more than 10,000 tonnes of CO2.
Given the upcoming COP21 United Nations Climate Change Conference to be held in Paris in 2015, Vinci stepped up its involvement in discussions and forums addressing climate change, the circular economy and sustainable mobility. The Group continues to develop partnerships in these fields with the scientific community and other industry stakeholders.