Creating a low-carbon culture
How do we prevent greenhouse gas emissions by mobilising the entire value chain? How do we provide concrete solutions suited to the ways we live, while also reducing their impact on the environment?
Bouygues Construction has always innovated and continually reinvented itself to provide a responsible and engaged response to the problems facing its customers and society. Our services and projects need more than ever to contribute to a sustainable way of living. Building and generating energy in a new way, doing better with limited resources and providing concrete solutions suited to the ways we live, while also reducing their impact on the environment. The world of tomorrow will be the result of what we do today. Faced with climate change, we need to make a commitment to do things differently. Reducing greenhouse gas emissions from our operations by 30% by 2030. And after delivery of our projects, helping to reduce the impact of their users in terms of where they live, work, travel, unwind and take care of themselves. The men and women at Bouygues Construction lend their expertise to working towards this shared ambition each day, with the support of our partners. We need to make everything we do a commitment to the climate.
In their own words
“All business lines, sectors and all of top management are involved in this ambitious approach, and we are working in concert with all our partner companies, as together we will be able to overcome this huge challenge. Our climate strategy allows us to offer our customers innovative solutions. From designing projects to their operation, all stages are designed to minimise the carbon impact of our activities."
CSR Director at Bouygues Construction
In their own words
“Green hydrogen is a perfect innovation for the circular economy, as it allows renewable energy generated locally to be used in turn to produce alternative low-carbon energy for transportation or industry”
Smart Energy Manager, Products and New Technologies department, Bouygues Energies & Services.
Grenoble / France
Vélizy-Villacoublay / France
Saint Priest / France
Pantin / France
New South Wales / Australia
Villeneuve d’Ascq et Croix / France
Fécamp / France
La Roche-sur-Yon / France
Paris 13th / France
Did you know?
In addition to being renewable, wood is the only construction material that stores carbon without emitting it. Target: 30% of building projects in wood in Europe in 2030.
What is low-carbon cement?
Cement is replaced by “mineral” additives, i.e., waste or by-products from other industries such as calcined clay, fly ash and blast furnace slag. This substitution strategy reduces the carbon footprint of concrete by 70%. In partnership with Hoffmann Green Cement Technologies, we test concrete formulas using cements with lower carbon emissions, made using several of its new cement technologies (H-UKR, H-EVA). By 2030, Bouygues Construction aims to reduce the carbon intensity of the cements we use by 40% overall, drawing up a roadmap for each country to do so.
of our employees trained in climate issues and ways of reducing our carbon emissions (clerical, technical and supervisory staff, and managers) by 2030.
Did you know?
Industrial cement, a major component of concrete, represents 10-15% of the total mass of concrete but 98% of its carbon footprint.
Green hydrogen: a zero carbon solution
The principle? Splitting water molecules (H2O) with renewable electricity in order to obtain a gas called “green H2” hydrogen, the only impact of which on the environment is that of generating electricity.
of our projects including a chapter dedicated to carbon at our engagement committee meetings or finalisation reviews.
As part of the commitments made by the group to support the Paris Climate Agreements, our Purchasing teams – who cover 75% of our carbon footprint – have taken significant steps. “Carbon pilots” have been tasked with assessing the situation and listing actions for the fifteen categories identified as the most carbon intensive with the help of each subsidiary’s CSR department. The measures already taken among our suppliers are of course encouraged, such as Wicona’s circular economy initiative, offering recycled aluminium windows that slash the product’s carbon footprint by a factor of four.