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Every large infrastructure project generates an impact on the environment in which it is built. VINCI Concessions is fully attuned to environmental concerns and integrates them in all its projects over their entire duration from initial design to operation and maintenance.
Eco-design of projects
The future Grand Ouest airport near Nantes is particularly emblematic of VINCI Concessions’ approach to eco-design.
Set to open in 2017, the airport took environmental concerns on board in the preparatory phases:
- Thanks to shorter distances between check-in and boarding, the airport will be more compact, but can nevertheless be adapted to accommodate expected air traffic growth in coming decades.
- Protected nature reserves surrounding the site will be conserved, with the help of local farmers.
- Notre-Dame-des-Landes will be the first airport to have a positive energy balance.
A company that builds and operates major infrastructure projects must take their impact on CO2 emissions and natural resources into account.
Aware of the growing importance of these issues, VINCI Concessions is determined to contribute to the struggle against climate change.
For the second year in a row, Gefyra (Greece) continued its CO2 emissions reduction programme on the Rion-Antirion bridge, which earned it a prize in the VINCI 2009 Innovation Awards Competition in the Sustainable Development category:
- Significant reduction in emissions (1,700 tonnes CO2 equivalent in one year) thanks to reduced patrols, reduced decorative lighting, etc.
Meanwhile, VINCI Park signed a major partnership with an automaker to develop the eco-mobility concept by promoting electric vehicles.