Adaptation and resilience to climate change represent a genuine challenge. Bolstering our expertise and actions to provide our clients with innovative, resilient and high-performance solutions is one of our top priorities. We regard this goal as a moral imperative.
It is imperative for us today to mainstream climate issues into our projects, by raising our clients’ awareness on new environmental concerns and co-building resilience solutions.
To boost the resilience of our projects, we leverage the expertise of our ecology and environment experts who have been members of our staff for 40 years in regulatory environment and 20 years in sustainable construction, as well as the expertise of our subsidiary Acterra, a pioneer in climate change for over 15 years.
Our environmentalists’ cutting-edge expertise in knowledge and processing of environmental and climate data, in project vulnerability analysis, and in adaptation and action strategies, enables them to propose truly effective solutions.
Thanks to this combined expertise, we can offer tailored, high-performance solutions to the challenges facing not only our clients, but society as a whole.
Ingerop now intends to spearhead eco-design integrated into engineering, to ensure that we all work together towards a sustainable world today and tomorrow.
The Group’s innovation and R&D drive steadily gaining momentum
The Group is supporting several doctoral theses related to environmental issues:
- Evaluation of measures to adapt the urban environment to the constraints of climate change (Merveil Muanda Lutete, CIFRE PhD student with scientific supervision from Cerema and the Gem laboratory, in collaboration with CSTB).
- Evaluation of additive manufacturing in raw clay – from material to architecture (Ola Nashed Kabalan, PhD student whose host laboratory is GSA Géométrie, Structure et Architecture – University PSL and Université Gustave Eiffel)
- Adapting port structures to climate change (Yasmine Ben Belkacem, PhD student supervised by CNRS/LOMC)
In addition, every year we invest in projects led by committed employees to develop new tools or service offers, such as:
- Ecale, a decision-making tool available on the Internet, which allows you to vary the design parameters of a façade grid in a simple and fun way, in order to assess the carbon impact thanks to its regularly enriched database.
- XChange, a cross-disciplinary consulting service dedicated to the reuse of materials and excavated soil for construction and development projects.
- InfraCost, validated by the Bilan Carbone association in 2022, a tool for assessing the carbon impact of urban infrastructure and developments.
- Ecothemis, a tool that measures biodiversity gains and losses and helps to size offsetting areas, based on the recommendations of the Office Français de la Biodiversité (French Biodiversity Office).
Being virtuous ourselves
As advocates of ecologically virtuous solutions, we have to be exemplary ourselves. “Ecology is not just a matter for experts, it is everybody’s business”.
We have therefore decided to reduce our Group’s unit carbon footprint by 35% compared with 2019 by 2027.
Among other actions, we have increased to 75% our contribution to the cost of all public transport subscriptions, and encouraged car-sharing via a partnership with Karos in order to reduce our use of cars.
We also raise the awareness of our staff members to environmental issues. This translates in practice into new “Ingerop Campus” training courses devoted to environmental topics such as environmental risk management in projects, mainstreaming climate change adaptation solutions, or implementing the RE 2020, as well as webinars dedicated for instance to biodiversity, low-carbon concrete, hydrogen or IPCC reports. We regularly organize in-house Climate Fresk events on climate, circular economy, biodiversity or digital technologies.
We are also working on introducing two new key indicators that will implicate our entire design operation in our projects, the first one to measure the reduction of their carbon footprint, and the second their adaptation to climate risks.