Towards improving environmental performance
In direct contact with the field, our Group’s business lines are continuing to change. The aims of this process of change include ensuring the responsibility, acceptability and sustainability of our activities, so enabling us to tackle the vital challenges arising from the consequences of climate change, continuous negative effects on the living world and exponentially increasing pressure on natural resources.
The necessity of taking up the challenges of protecting the living world and the environment concerns all the Group’s business activities. Environmental strategy – covering, firstly, the aspect of preventing and managing environmental risks and, secondly, the need for expertise and know-how generating competitive edges – is rooted at the heart of our business lines and organised in three main areas
Aimed at reducing the Group’s environmental footprint and preventing any financial, legal and image-related risks, the prevention and management of environmental risks related to our businesses are focused internally and on our business offerings.
Internally, the steps taken include, in particular, measuring impacts, optimising our ecological and energy footprint in terms of consumptions, greenhouse gas emissions and waste management, etc., rolling out training programmes promoting excellence in the area of environmental issues and securing ISO 14001 certiﬁcation for all Group business units.
The strategic orientations of our business offerings are reflected in the steps taken to develop and deploy operational tools offering a choice of green solutions with measured, verifiable impacts, to anticipate environmental risks and take their technical and financial implications into consideration in the Group’s responses to invitations to tender.
Deploying environmentally-friendly solutions requires the systemic assessment of the relevant challenges and solutions by implementing the HQVie® standard, by assessing the environmental performances of structures and sharing practices.
The HQVie® standard at the heart of digital technology
Created in 2009 as part of the Phosphore research programme, the HQvie® “High Quality of Life” standard ensures that a systemic approach to sustainable development challenges is adopted in construction and development projects, taking into account every aspect of cities and placing the human dimension at the heart of the design process.
2014 saw the birth of a dedicated digital platform for the operational rollout of the HQvie® standard, solutions developed at Phosphore facility and innovations presented by the Group’s branches. In addition, the comprehensive Univers HQvie® teaching tool was developed for employees responsible for responding to invitations with the following aims :
- Explain the HQvie® standard in simple terms for the in-house training of project managers, cost estimation personnel and salespersons - and, where applicable, promote its application externally among clients, architects and partner design offices. ;
- Disseminate compatible HQvie® products in-house for the drawing up of responses to invitations to tender and promote technical and design-related innovation in the field of sustainable development in the Group.
- Provide operational personnel with reference documents on HQvie® solutions developed in order to facilitate their application for other invitations to tender.
- Select compatible HQvie® products, define the HQvie® profile of projects to be conducted and specify the benefits of this approach in responses to invitations to tender.
Organising innovation around alternative construction techniques involves :
- Deploying an R&D approach focused on techniques and processes that reduce natural resource consumption, cut greenhouse gas emissions and minimise direct and diffuse environmental impacts.
Providing expertise in biodiversity preservation at all stages of the project cycle (including upstream of responses to invitations to tender) by applying the Avoid-Minimise-Offset strategy.
Anticipating the consequences of climate change for the Group's business lines (via the Phosphore forward-looking research project), in order to :
- make a radical shift from current processes in favour of approaches and solutions suitable for post-carbon cities, making maximum use of renewable energy;
- promote systemic requirement assessments and seek solutions that decompartmentalise urban planning topics (such as mobility, energy, new-build versus renovation considerations and urban ecosystem services).
Backed by its founding commitments and appropriate resources provided for or developed by our companies, the Group deploys its three-pronged strategy in four keys areas.