Bouygues & COP21
The holding of COP21 in France in 2015 is contributing to the necessary public debate about the measures required to fight against global warming. The Bouygues group is taking part in this debate by presenting the solutions that it has developed within its various sectors of activity.
The Group is organising two types of event (conferences and a stand):
- at the World Efficiency show & congress in Paris (Porte de Versailles) from
13 to 15 October 2015 (you need to register in order to access the show: click here).
- then, during COP21, at La Galerie des Solutions, between 2 and 9 December in
Le Bourget (venue for the international negotiations).
Bouygues’ solutions relate to the “desirable and sustainable urban environment” and are organised around five themes.
The challenge for renovation is massive, since in France buildings account for 44% of energy consumption, and 4 million out of a total 33 million housing units are very energy-intensive. Bouygues has developed expertise enabling it to play an active role in the renovation of millions of poorly-insulated buildings in France and Europe. It has solutions to improve the business model of renovation (e.g. ensuring the energy renovation of apartment buildings is done for an acceptable cost by financing it via the addition of an extra storey made out of timber). It also has other very technically innovative solutions
(the transformation of Challenger, a vast office complex, into a positive-energy building). Bouygues’ energy renovation solutions are designed to be integrated into existing buildings whilst respecting their architectural heritage when necessary (University of Bordeaux).
The construction of eco-neighbourhoods
Designed by Bouygues, they use resources more efficiently and are pleasant places to live. Bouygues’ strength lies in its ability to offer local authorities, with its partners, high-performance and integrated technical solutions as well as designs that promote the much-admired French way of life. The Group has already inaugurated a number of benchmark
eco-neighbourhood projects in both France and Europe (Ginko in Bordeaux, Green City in Zurich, Switzerland).
Low carbon construction
Buildings can now become economic and environmental profit centres. To achieve this, Bouygues and its partners have developed renewable energy production systems linked to storage solutions. These are designed so that they can be modified over time and to use traditional and bio-sourced materials that can be re-used and recycled. They have also developed smart systems that can ensure optimised building management (Green Office® positive-energy buildings).
The Group’s construction companies work hand-in-hand with local authorities to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from transport by building cycle paths, tram lines, and via the laying of roads that produce energy (solar roads). Bouygues designs, builds and operates third places that enable workers to avoid unnecessary car journeys, thereby reducing traffic congestion and the resulting pollution (“Nextdoor” co-working spaces).
Bouygues offers high-performance solutions for pooling urban services networks, optimising them and thus reducing their investment and maintenance costs. The Group can also install sensors to collect data that is useful for new urban services that can generate potential energy savings.
Finally, within the scope of its involvement in C3D* and The Shift Project, Bouygues played an active role in the launch of the “Trophées des solutions climat” climate solution awards, whose aim is recognise the best nationwide initiatives that reduce the impact of and/or adapt to the effects of climate change. In the context of COP21, these awards will help to promote the most innovative solutions in terms of energy consumption, GHG reduction and resource protection.
* Collège des Directeurs du Développement Durable
(Updated: March 2016)