Green products and services
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 to protect biodiversity.
Protecting water resourcesVINCI answered the CDP Water Disclosure questionnaire for the fourth time, to be once again included as one of the 405 companies worldwide capable of fulfilling the information request supported by 617 global investors. In 2015, the Group achieved a rating of B-, outscoring many other companies in the world at assessing water risks thoroughly and reliably. Contributing to the public debate on the assessment of the environmental impact of raw materials, VINCI collaborates with professional groups to prepare life cycle inventories (LCI) of its materials and works with France’s energy, environment and transport observatory (OEET) and the French underground tunnel association (Aftes).
Energy consumptionEnergy efficiency, a major focus of MINES Paris Tech within «the Chair in Eco-design of Buildings and Infrastructure» , is an absolute priority for VINCI. New concepts and tools have been developed, such as novaEQUER, a tool for simulating energy efficiency and environmental performance at neighbourhood level, which is available to all urban project stakeholders. Working on the same energy efficiency priority, VINCI Energies’ Citeos brand offers efficient and effective solutions enabling public authorities to reduce their electricity bill. According to ADEME, the French environment and energy management agency, public lighting accounts for 41% of all electricity consumption by local authorities. In addition, all VINCI Group companies pay close attention to their own energy consumption. Eurovia has given eco-consumption training to the people in charge of its coating plants and equipped 50% of its plants with a metering system enabling the supervisor to track its energy consumption.
Use of renewable energyOver the five-year period between 2011 and 2015, total purchases of electricity from renewable sources by VINCI Group companies increased by a total of 300%. The increase involves both permanent sites and worksites. For vehicle fleets, alternative solutions – hybrid and electric cars – are being deployed in the various subsidiaries.
Land useWithin «the Chair in Eco-design of Buildings and Infrastructure» , AgroParisTech focuses on urban agriculture and biodiversity. This research looks at the issue of land use. VINCI Construction Terrassement and Eurovia have built on their experience with biodiversity protection to scale up their ecological engineering offer. The two companies work on sites to boost local quality of life by restoring the balance between nature and urban facilities. Infrastructure projects are also part of this approach. A major goal is to blend them into the landscape. One example is the commitments made in 2014 to the French government and in consultation with the municipalities on landscaping and regional models for the SEA Tours-Bordeaux high-speed rail line.
Air pollutionIn 2014, the Les Respirations conference, an annual event focused on air quality, took place in Paris for the first time. VINCI is an associate of the Paris 2015 – COP21 side event. In 2014, VINCI also participated in the “Air Quality: Issues, Action and Prospects” programme organised by the Comité 21, a network of companies involved in operational implementation of sustainable development, in which VINCI participates. Atmospheric emission prevention and control activities are primarily concentrated in VINCI Concessions, Eurovia and VINCI Construction. In the Concessions business, especially at VINCI Airports and VINCI Autoroutes, atmospheric emissions are generated by users. To limit traffic congestion and combat air pollution, VINCI Autoroutes has introduced speed regulation measures.
Noise pollutionAll VINCI projects are subject to a preliminary noise study to limit the pollution generated by urban construction sites, motorway traffic and so forth. VINCI companies systematically offer technical solutions during the construction phase, including changing a motorway route, erecting noise barriers and embankments, and using special low-noise road surfacing materials. Noise levels on motorways in France are measured regularly to identify and reduce noise black spots.
Waste management and recyclingVINCI’s general policy is geared to the circular economy and can be summed up in three goals: limiting production of waste at source, sorting and ensuring ultimate traceability of waste and lastly recycling waste to convert it into a resource. The waste issue is particularly relevant for the Contracting business entities in terms of their own activities and for the Concessions business entities in terms of managing the waste generated by infrastructure users. Every year, VINCI carries out a waste management review (covering volume of waste generated and recycling streams).
A few results of our activities (at end 2015)- In absolute terms, energy consumption fell 5% in 2015 compared with 2014.
- In relative terms, Group energy consumption totalled 213 MWh per million euros of revenue for the reporting period, compared with 220 MWh in 2014.
- There were 19 carpooler parking facility, with 1,485 parking spaces, in 2015.
VINCI will continue to develop ecodesign tools and efficient environmental solutions for the construction and operation phases of structures, relying in particular on the work of the Chair in Eco-design of Buildings and Infrastructure.