Egis continues its development in low-carbon design with the acquisition of the company SustainEcho, a French start-up combining digital tech and environmental impact assessment. Using artificial intelligence, it automates the carbon assessment of structures from measurements. An additional know-how asset for the digital teams at Egis!
The first platform to use AI to conduct Life Cycle Assessments (LCA)
Founded in 2022, the start-up SustainEcho conducts Life Cycle Assessments through an intuitive, rapid platform to model and simulate the carbon impacts of projects more easily, reducing execution time from five days to barely a few hours. Using artificial intelligence, SustainEcho's platform is a valuable decision aid for engineers, allowing them to propose more appropriate low-carbon solutions. In addition, SustainEcho is one of the only players on the French market today to meet RE2020 certification, in addition to the BREEAM France labels.
Since its creation, SustainEcho has rapidly demonstrated its adaptability and know-how in its work for major groups such as Bouygues Construction, Vinci Construction France, Demathieu & Bard and Spie Batignolles. An initial partnership between Egis and SustainEcho, which consisted of training and equipping all the employees of the French Building subsidiaries, revealed a strong complementarity between the teams in terms of disciplinary expertise, but above all shared values, particularly entrepreneurial and environmental.
For Egis, this acquisition also constitutes a powerful catalyst for its digital transformation. Integrating SustainEcho's teams will enable the Group to strengthen its pool of IT developers with very high-level technical skills, and at the same time attract new "tech" profiles from the start-up world.
This new acquisition reflects Egis' "Impact the Future" strategic ambitions, which include developing an engineering and operations service range that effectively addresses the climate challenges ahead, for less carbon-intensive facilities and infrastructure. It also offers a contribution to the growing digitalisation of Egis' disciplines.