A collective exercise
Carbon Day is the fruit of a collective undertaking, uniting the efforts of the company's various stakeholders. From the Technical Department to the carbon referents, from the commercial staff to the heads of the Operational Units, from the Purchasing teams to the Transformation Department, everyone contributed to this joint effort that is being undertaken all across the company.
This exercise has shown that reducing our carbon emissions is everyone's business. It involves a cultural transformation that is introducing a new operating model, where sustainability and the reduction of carbon emissions are integrated at every stage of the life of our projects.
A quantitative exercise
To guide the various players in this exercise, teams from Bouygues Travaux Publics' Quality, Environment & Carbon Strategy Department have designed a tool that simulates the activation of the drivers required to achieve the target results. This tool enables teams to anticipate the impact of each decision.
Everyone is now speaking about "target emissions factors", and establishing tangible links between the decisions made and the results targeted or achieved. This exercise is based on the same model as the financial plan.
Actions to be carried out at every stage of the projects
Beyond words and objectives, we now need to implement tangible actions that can be applied by all our staff and stakeholders.
Particular attention needs to be paid to the upstream phases. When the specifications of projects are being drawn up, raising the awareness of specifiers must enable our clients to make greater use of the carbon criterion in Calls for Tender.
Carbon footprint assessments, even if approximate, should be generalised as early as possible in the commercial phase, so that this criterion can be included in the selection criteria. These carbon footprint assessments must then be refined and monitored from the commercial phase through to the execution phase, and reduction opportunities must be implemented during the design and execution phases.
Monitoring the activation of drivers will now have to be integrated into the management of major projects, and presented at each project milestone review.
This 2023 Carbon Day marks a milestone in the way our company is tackling the carbon challenge. Identifying avenues for improvement right from the commercial phase and then implementing them during the execution phase are now our priorities, on all our sites, and particularly on our major projects.