At Egis, protecting the environment is a core concern for all our business activities and a central plank of our corporate social responsibility (CSR) strategy. We are united in our determination to address this pressing challenge in all our projects and in the operation of the Group as a whole. Our environmental policy is expressed on 3 levels:
- controlling the environmental impact of our customers’ projects or activities (avoid, reduce, offset),
- controlling the impact of our own operations,
- developing solutions and bids that meet the challenges of Ecological and Energy Transition.
This principle has been enshrined in the Egis Ethics and Compliance Charter since 1996. Egis joined the United Nations Global Compact in 2011 and is committed to upholding its 10 principles, three of which relate to environmental concerns.
Published in 2012, the Egis Sustainable Development/Corporate Social Responsibility Charter reaffirms the Group’s public commitment to reducing the direct environmental impacts of our business.
For more information:
- see the performance manual, (2020, May) outlining our environmental policy (page 17)
- the datawall for ‘carbon footprint’ indicators and the energy consumed by our offices (France)
- our extra-financial reporting for all environmental indicators
- the Egis Mobility Plan (french document May 2018) – France scope
Environmental management concerns all Egis employees, regardless of the legalities of their employment contract, as well as all partners involved in our projects or working as part of our operations, who are required to know and control the environmental risks associated with their activities.
- In France, a fire prevention awareness campaign on the A63 motorway with the DRCI Aquitaine to encourage motorists not to throw their cigarette butts out of their car windows,
- In France, on the A28, a pilot project to clear brambles using goats in collaboration with the Ferme des Pampilles in Cisai-Saint-Aubin,
- In France, incubation of the Hoodia project, a project which offers companies the means to optimize the storage of their digital data and to reduce both the CO2 emissions generated by this storage and its financial cost.
- In France, initialisation of the Tàn project: the winning project of Idéathon, a support platform for carbon neutrality
- In Qatar: raising awareness of CSR among international school students in Doha, a particularly important programme especially in terms of the environmental benefits
of public transport in a country where the car is widely used,
- In Brazil, a reforestation project + an impact assessment on marine life for offshore projects
- In England, on the M40 motorways, as part of their studies in “Construction and Civil Engineering”, apprentices from Egis had the opportunity to design and pilot themselves an ecological safeguard operation . See the descriptive paper on our Blog
See the section “A socially responsible company” to see other examples of good environmental practices
See the section “Our key sustainable development solutions” to see our environmental solutions and projects
Reducing our environmental footprint
Egis has worked consistently over the past several years to reduce its direct carbon footprint. We have identified many best practices at our sites, including signing partnerships with waste recycling organisations (for furniture, IT consumables, computers, batteries, paper and printer cartridges), publishing our reports on FSC-certified paper, purchasing PEFC-certified office furniture, introducing measures to reduce consumption of water and electricity (such as tap aerators and presence sensors), developing waste sorting and recycling practices. Any computer equipment under lease is returned to the rental organisation, which commits to
recycling it when it is at the end of its life, in compliance with the standards in force. Our regular environmental awareness campaigns focus on simple everyday things people can do to go green and protect the environment.
In 2019, regarding its own carbon footprint, Egis has launched an action plan to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050 prioritizing actions where its footprint is most important: on employees ‘s travel, on its building energy consumption, including the consumption of computer data, on its waste.
To reduce its environmental footprint, Egis works at various different levels:
- An intranet platform making our environmental management efforts more visible (France scope).For several years now, we have been using the “Empreinte à la trace” (tracing our footprint) tool to illustrate the environmental impact of our offices. This online platform offers the interactive visualisation – and geolocation – of four environmental indicators: energy, waste, paper and water. This fun interface enables each employee to understand and anticipate the environmental impact of the site where they work.
- A “regulatory watch” is carried out on a regular basis by the environmental technical community and by the Group’s documentation centre for France. The environment manager is responsible for incorporating developments into our documentation and company files. Depending on the nature of the engineering contracts awarded, whether by customers with their own specific guidelines or in other countries, an inventory of the applicable regulatory texts is carried out as part of the project and supplemented by our own set of standards. Environmentally certified operating companies carry out their own monitoring.
- A regulatory monitoring : This is undertaken regularly for the France perimeter by the Environment technical community and the Group’s Documentation Unit. The Environment Manager is responsible for incorporating changes into our documentation package. Depending on the nature of engineering contracts entered into, whether by clients with their own reference documents or in other countries, an inventory is taken of the applicable regulatory documents as part of the project and supplemented by our own requirements reference document. Operation companies with environmental certification undertake their own monitoring.
- Workshops and eco-driving courses for learning the basics of economical, safe and relaxed driving.Just like for its customers, in-house at Egis, employee-trainers are available to subsidiaries to offer eco-driving training and workshops. In 2014, awareness-raising workshops were held at our headquarters during Sustainable Development week with the suggestion of a trial at the end of the workshop so that everyone can verify the benefits of the new behaviour.In its motorway operation subsidiaries, training of trainers are organised quite regularly to gradually deploy training to the operating staff. The feedback is always rewarding and fuel savings have reached up to 20%. Without even counting the other benefits that are expected in the longer term: improved security, less pollution, lower maintenance expenses, etc. the benefits are already clear.
- Green-ITIn 2013, the design of our new headquarters in Guyancourt was an opportunity to speed up the development of our systems. Actions were implemented on three levels:
- Our IT resources use virtual servers, which divide by five the number of machines required.
- Documents are now printed with a badge, which avoids orphaned print-outs.
- Communication methods and resources are gradually being unified worldwide using Exchange and Lync, in order to achieve a 10% reduction in travel requirements and the need for low current telephone wiring in buildings (several hundred kilometres saved).
LYNC, a real-time communications platform for optimal comfort and flexibility in work organization
With the adoption of LYNC, Egis has chosen to offer its employees a unique communications platform, to simplify tasks, enhance collaboration, improve responsiveness in discussions, and enable remote working. Using this platform, employees can call, email or chat online, organise a conference call or a video call, and share documents. And the “icing on the cake”, they can view the availability of their contacts using the real-time availability indicator, and choose the best way to contact the person they need.
Thanks to a strategy of combining operations and prioritising good property decisions
For several years, Egis has been grouping together its operations into multi-subsidiary sites that are more energy efficient, accessible by public transport or close to a train station or airport.
Egis is also involved in several Inter-Company Travel Plans (PDIE) which help:
- to promote active modes (walking, cycling), for example by publishing maps and organising workshops,
- to establish dialogue with transport authorities on developing services in public transport
- to talk to other companies about the implementation of private resources to complement the public transport offering.
- The initiatives of the Inter-Company Travel Plans in Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, to which Egis contributes, were rewarded at the Trophées de la Mobilité in Ile-de-France in 2015.
- On its Montreuil site, Egis has reduced its energy consumption by 16% (primary energy) for the Terra Nova III building. As a result, Egis was awarded the “silver cube”, in the category of certified office buildings of over 10 000 sqm at the CUBE contest.
Find out more about the CUBE Contest
- An energy audit of the Egis Group’s major sites in France has revealed potential savings of over 15%.
- Egis’s Touraine teams have moved into ‘Le Nef’, the first energy positive office building in the region.
In 2013 Egis established an agreement on teleworking, that allows employees (in France) to reduce their commutes and consequently better manage their working time. In April, this agreement has been revised to provide more flexibility to users.
Each year, the number of people regularly teleworking increased, with 6.5% (258 people) in 2018 vs. 5% in 2017 (192 people). The numbers of men and women among employees regularly teleworking remains stable: 54% of teleworkers are women and 46% are men, representing 10% of female employees (8% in 2017) and 5% of male employees (3% in 2017).
Through a vehicle policy that promotes efficiency
The fleet of company cars is more efficient with each passing year, now with thermal models that produce lower emissions on average.
Each year, Egis organises two awareness raising events on these issues to its employees: during the European Sustainable Development Week (30 May -5 June) and during European Mobility Week (16 to 22 September).
Through a bicycle kilometric allowance (French scope*)
In 2016, Egis and all the French trade unions CFDT, the CGT and CFE-CGC signed a group agreement planning the refund of commuting travel expenses realized by bicycle or electricaly assisted bike from home to work for the employees (French scope). This agreement, by promoting an alternative mode of transport to the car, is resolutely consistent with the Egis energy transition roadmap and the values promoted regarding to sustainable development.
*incorporated in french legislation