Although our environmental impacts are marginal in comparison with the challenges of our project assignments, assessing them and gradually reducing them is a means of fostering a shared culture of sustainability within Artelia.
Reducing our environmental impacts
We generate our main impacts through our travel, our properties and our office activities. Our travel consumes non-renewable resources and produces greenhouse gas and atmospheric pollutant emissions. Our premises consume energy and water. Our office activities consume materials (paper and various computer, electrical and electronic consumables) and require deliveries to be made.
First and foremost, Artelia is seeking to reduce travel and thereby our impact by encouraging the use of video conferencing, either in groups or station-to-station. It is now used at all of Artelia’s sites, and our indicators show that it has substantially reduced the number of business trips made and their associated impacts.
The group has rolled out a travel policy that encourages employees to prefer rail travel over road or air travel and includes recommendations concerning personal safety and vehicle selection for short-term rentals. For its own fleets or vehicles on long-term rentals, Artelia has capped carbon emissions at 120g per km.
The carbon survey carried out in 2012 in accordance with the provisions of the French legislation has been updated in 2015 and also incorporate the unavoidable aspects of impacts related to commuting between home and the workplace.
We systematically included environmental criteria to those we use when selecting new premises, whether for rental or purchase (energy and environmental efficiency, distance to public transportation, bicycle sheds, etc.). We try to find common measures for improving energy consumption with the owners of premises we rent, focusing our effort in this domain on the sites that we own.
Recycled paper has been used for all standard formats for two years now, and we regularly roll out sorting and collection systems for recycling waste paper at suitable group sites.
Computer hardware systematically carries the “Energy Star” service mark, and waste electrical and electronic equipment and the associated consumables are disposed of by the Information Services Department and its service providers in accordance with current legislation. We have been developing a tool for optimising the capacities of some of our workstations on an ad-hoc basis over the past few months, and the feedback we are receiving indicates that this is highly beneficial in terms of improving energy efficiency.