Our responsible vision
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Eiffage
As a key player in urban construction and sustainable infrastructure, we wish to leverage the Group’s expertise to develop a truly low-carbon offering for sustainable cities and infrastructure.
There is more to our commitment than merely striving to achieve an exemplary carbon footprint, as vital as this is to its credibility. Our stakeholders also expect us to provide comprehensive low-carbon technical products and services that combine know-how and expertise to avoid carbon emissions throughout project value chains.
We are therefore committed to:
- limiting our internal carbon footprint to set a good example through our own emissions
- contributing to the low-carbon economy by offering our clients low-emission technical and commercial products and services.
In April 2020, Eiffage published its first climate report in accordance with the recommendations of the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD), a working group on reporting climate-related financial information. This report describes:
- How climate change is integrated into the Group’s governance, at the highest level of the company
- How climate change-related physical and transition risks are handled
- The strategy chosen and sustainable activity opportunities to be highlighted
- The management and monitoring tools put in place.
Eiffage’s pathway to reduce its carbon footprint
Every year, Eiffage reports its greenhouse gas emissions to the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), an international non-profit organisation that runs the largest global environmental reporting platform for companies and cities.
In 2019, this organisation raised Eiffage’s rating to B – i.e. two ratings above C, the average score in the European construction sector –, reflecting the Group’s solid reporting methods and effective action plans.
Regarding reduction pathway modelling, we chose to use the Science Based Targets (SBT) initiative to set goals to reduce greenhouse gases in line with climate science data.
Eiffage chose the most commonly used method, the Sectoral Decarbonization Approach (SDA), which is more precise than other approaches including economic ones. Two scenarios were then used:
- A ‘BAP’ (business as planned) scenario where the Group’s revenue increased but emissions did not decrease
- A ‘SBT’ (science-based target) scenario compatible with the 2°C scenario
Eiffage’s senior management decided to follow the scenario compatible with a 2°C increase in the average global temperature and adopt the recommendations for the Group’s business lines; the targets to reduce scope 1 and 2 emissions by 2030 were then set.
Therefore, with 2.4% growth projected each year, this scenario would see a 33% decrease in greenhouse gas emissions compared to the BAP scenario and 15% compared to the reference year.
Our internal commitments
Eiffage is working on reducing its internal carbon footprint, the vast majority of which is caused by its own energy consumption as well as the fuel used by its fleet of vehicles (light vehicles, heavy goods vehicles and site machinery).
The statutory energy audits carried out since 2015 have helped the Group structure its approach to saving energy and general expenses. In 2019, a new audit campaign was carried out in 41 of the Group’s operational entities.
These recommendations were updated in the first half of 2020 and approved by a certifying organisation; the Group’s Executive Committee therefore has access to the most recent objective information to update the initiatives to reduce its internal carbon footprint.
The strategic choice of a low-carbon pathway means we must set a good example, particularly through our property investment and management policy which is in line with a new energy transformation model for service-sector buildings involving:
- synergies between the different types of industry expertise present within a compact Group than can provide turnkey solutions
- solutions developed internally or with partners that produce minimal greenhouse gas emissions and are economically feasible.
Lastly, transforming our business premises gives us the opportunity to reassert our social and solidarity-based role by improving employees’ work environment and using integration to successfully complete our projects which must blend in even further with their immediate surroundings.
Developing low-carbon products and services
Eiffage and its executives firmly believe that climate-related challenges represent genuine opportunities for the Group to expand its activities. Displayed at the heart of its activities, Eiffage’s technical and commercial low-carbon offering is based on four main areas for action:
- Low-carbon materials and design
- Renewable energies and energy performance
- Quality of life and new uses
Low-carbon materials and design
In all business lines, the design and choice of materials significantly affects the project’s carbon footprint. Eiffage therefore uses a materials mix that combines new-generation materials with recovered and modified materials.
Renewable energies and energy performance
Eiffage uses its expertise in renewable energies – photovoltaic solar energy, solar thermal energy, wind energy, hydroelectricity and biomass – and waste-to-energy to support the move to renewable and reduced-carbon energy sources.
Eiffage designs and promotes the development of low-carbon or reduced-carbon mobility solutions to offer its clients practical solutions to reduce to their carbon footprint, including driverless shuttles, carpooling, urban cable cars, electric mobility and smart lighting.
Eiffage Purchasing Director
Our goal of quickly and efficiently meeting the low-carbon requirement highlights just how important our relationship with suppliers is. These challenges spur and expand new forms of partnership with large companies, small and medium-sized companies and start-ups where objectives and road maps are shared.
Interacting and building with our stakeholders
Eiffage calls on its employees, suppliers, regular partners and start-ups capable of making swift progress and developing disruptive solutions to implement its low-carbon business model on a dayto-day basis.
All our business lines have been firmly focused on the reduction of greenhouse gas sources and the economics of climate change adaptation since 2009. All our employees are involved in the lowcarbon transition by drafting themed charters, providing information, leading awarenessraising campaigns, sharing best practice, running expertise demonstrator projects and rolling out new low-carbon technical solutions.
Clients and suppliers
Although public or private clients are free to make their own choices, it is our duty to provide them with alternative solutions in line with climate-related and environmental challenges throughout the life cycle of our projects. Moreover, clients are showing more interest in products and services with the greatest environmental benefits for various reasons, such as anticipated changes in regulations, the impact on their reputation, as well as full understanding of their responsibility as a public or private decision maker.
As an essential component of our business model*, suppliers play a key role in making Eiffage’s lowcarbon transition a success
* In 2019, Eiffage had over 1,500 suppliers under framework agreements representing over €2.1 m in purchases out of a total of over €7.8 bn (in France).
In addition to forging client-supplier partnerships to test leading-edge low-carbon innovations, we routinely calculate the carbon footprint of our operational entities’ offerings. To do so, an internal initiative that brings together several support departments within the Group (IT, technical, sustainable development and transversal innovation, purchasing and commercial divisions) links up the pricing software with the official carbon databases to provide the quote in euros and the associated carbon footprint at the same time. In April 2020, Eiffage Route became the Group’s first subsidiary to be equipped with this euro/carbon digital interface.