Cegereal has decided to align its climate commitments with the commitments made by France at the COP21 conference and reaffirmed at the One Planet Summit in December 2017.
To this end, Cegereal has established an ambitious climate change policy to drive value creation based on three pillars and an associated risk management plan.
In 2016, Cegereal measured its greenhouse gas emissions across the entire scope of its reporting and corporate activity. Although initiatives to control emissions and involve stakeholders have been in place since 2013, Cegereal has implemented new measures such as auditing the carbon footprint of property assets (Bilan Carbone) and offsetting the Company’s emissions.
Properties carbon footprint audit
The carbon footprint of each asset has been audited and greenhouse gas emissions calculated for the following categories:
- Building-produced waste;
- Impact of construction materials (building emissions calculated for the year);
- Employee commuting;
- Energy consumption.
The results were as follows:
Offsetting CHG emissions
GHG emissions attributable to Cegereal’s corporate activity decreased compared to 2016.
In keeping with its climate strategy, and building on its third pillar, in 2016 Cegereal signed up to a voluntary GHG emission offsetting program organized by the GoodPlanet Foundation, whose methods were directly inspired by the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.
Cegereal continued to offset its emissions through the same organization in 2017.
Involving stakeholders in GHG emission reduction
Cegereal’s business partners have committed to pursuing a virtuous circle in their CSR practices through the responsible purchasing charter and questionnaire introduced in 2014.
By signing the charter, one of whose commitments is to “reduce the environmental impact of its operations”, stakeholders demonstrate their support for Cegereal’s climate strategy. The questionnaire serves to monitor their actions aimed at curbing GHG emissions. Cegereal uses it to assess and act on the greenhouse gas emissions generated indirectly by its business.