Sustainable development: SYSTRA demonstrates its commitment
Throughout European Sustainable Development Week, from 30 May to 5 June 2016, SYSTRA will be highlighting its approach to the environment, with the focus on sustainability in its projects and the commitment of its employees.
An environmental approach at the heart of our projects
Valuing and protecting the environment is something increasingly sought after by our clients. Given the clear expectations of society and increasing regulation, contractors are looking to SYSTRA for solutions. Taking account of environmental matters is, therefore, becoming an input, right from the tender stage of projects.
To meet this requirement, SYSTRA brings to bear its expertise in sustainable development at every stage of a project, from preliminary studies to works supervision, taking an innovative and multi-faceted approach. ISO 14001 Certified, SYSTRA obtained, in September 2015, for the first time in its history, a triple QSE (Quality Safety Environment) certification , for its design and works activities. Some selected examples:
- Our Direction Conseil (Consultancy Directorate), as well as our UK subsidiary JMP, collects all necessary data across a relevant area (ecological, economic, traffic, topographical) to develop tailor-made mobility solutions.
- The Pôle Architecture (Architecture Department) creates sustainable designs for buildings, in order to achieve a neutral or even positive impact.
- The engineers in the Infrastructures Métro (Metro Infrastructure) department focus on energy recovery and reclamation; geothermal energy, for example.
- During works, the sorting and disposal of waste are carefully handled to ensure impacts are reduced on construction sites.
- By managing the interface between ecology and technology, the team of ecologists from the Département Ingénierie Environnementale et Durable (the Environmental and Sustainable Engineering Division) promotes the integration of projects into their natural environment by limiting their impacts on fauna and flora. These skills will prove very valuable for the Ostlänken-3 high-speed line project in Sweden, which runs through Natura 2000 areas; on HS2 in the UK, with regard to thinking on passages for bats; or the study of compensatory measures for the Grand Paris Express project.
The group provides guides for its flagship products, the Sustainable High-Speed Rail Lines and Sustainable Tramways Guides, which aim to support project managers and technical design teams in designing for sustainable development throughout all phases of a project.
The daily actions we take to limit the impact of our activity
On our sites, the aim is frugality of activity and usage, whether it’s in terms of movements, water saving, printing, energy, or recycling of paper. Since 2012, awareness-raising sessions on the topic of environmental footprints have been open to all group employees.
At SYSTRA’s Paris headquarters, employees have placed environmental matters at the heart of things, creating an organic vegetable garden on the site, which also boasts rooftop beehives whose honey is sold each year to employees with the association Mobeelity (Mobeelity Association). The headquarters building also holds an HQE (Haute Qualité Environnementale - High Environmental Quality) certification, and has been awarded a BBC label (Bâtiment Basse Consommation - Low Consumption Building). In 2016, data gathering on good sustainable practices on major sites in France and across the world is underway, with a view to further reducing our environmental footprint.