Created in 2010 and chaired by the group’s senior management, this committee brings together in-house representatives and some twenty external figures, recognised in the various fields of sustainable development affected by our activities: transport, town planning, consultation, and the environment. It meets twice a year with a view to preparing and enhancing Egis’s policies for sustainable development and corporate responsibility bringing different viewpoints on the development strategy, on solutions and dilemmas that the group encounters during projects.
In the first meeting of 2018, two innovations arising from the inaugural Egis Ideathon were presented: the 1st prize winner “Tàn” and the “Watenergy” employee prize.
Watenergy: combining water collection/treatment projects and energy transition
Though our waters carry substantial energy potential (heat, biochemical and hydraulic), water treatment facilities, whether they be for potable water production or purification, remain highly energy intensive. The potential of these facilities for energy production is very rarely taken into account or incorporated into their design. Conceived by Egis teams as part of Ideathon 2017, Watenergy is a tool which identifies potential green energy that can be produced and promoted by local users during wastewater collection and processing projects. Vincent Lalire, Water Project Manager (Major works, water, environment and energy BU) explained the principle to committee members. Participants welcomed the innovative approach developed by Egis’s teams and questioned Vincent Lalire as to the solution’s deployment, acceptance, associated services, and the arguments and explanations to be put forward to potential project owners. External experts mentioned various experiments to be analysed, as well as specific stakeholders to be involved in the approach, and proposals for synergies to be established for the tool.
Tàn, a support platform for carbon neutrality
Tàn (carbon in Chinese) is a platform that unites stakeholders and removes the major obstacles to concretely and effectively combating climate change. This incentive platform supports citizens in reaching carbon neutrality, at their own pace, whatever their age, profession, and/ or location, by helping them to change their behaviours. The discussion between Sébastien Duprat, Deputy Director of Egis Conseil, who presented this solution, and experts from the Sustainable Development Steering Committee centred on whether Egis has what it takes to lead this type of B2C approach. The tool’s “promise”, deemed relevant and beneficial, was also at the heart of the debate. Its roll-out to targeted communities and the partnerships that need to be developed to this end, were the subject of numerous proposals.
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“Egis should be congratulated for being able to re-evaluate itself, for its transparency too, by offering us a completely different solution three years later that takes into account our suggestions and values our concerns. Well done for having transformed a sustainable development committee “mini crisis” into a responsible business asset”.
Dorothy Briaumont, member of the Egis sustainable development steering committee and Director of Solaal, on our Wind-it solution (an innovative solution for the micro-generation of renewable energy).