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Martine Jauroyon
Directrice Transformation Métiers et RSE
Published on November 22, 2018

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Companies at the forefront of climate issues

Limiting global warming to below 2°C is one of the most monumental challenges of our time. No sector will be spared, and the cost of inaction will be higher than the cost of action.

Changement climatique

- Crédits : 2011 Aerial View Milton Homes

Limiting global warming to below 2°C is one of the most monumental challenges of our time. No sector will be spared, and the cost of inaction will be higher than the cost of action.

The 2°C trajectory is an absolute imperative. A few degrees more, and the climate machine will spin out of control, potentially pitching our planet into a chaotic situation with disastrous consequences. We are well and truly in a state of climate emergency. So there is no time for platitudes: it’s time to take concrete action, each of us at our own level and in our own sphere of influence.

Here, companies have an essential role to play. In addition to controlling the environmental footprint of their activities, they must, more importantly, overhaul their business models by heeding the new economic logics which are emerging (circular economy, functional economy, etc.) and which prefigure what might be a post-carbon society that has successfully decorrelated economic growth and resource consumption/carbon emissions. No companies can ever win in a world that loses. To guarantee their long-term future, companies must enter into resonance and resilience with the major society issues of its time.

This challenge is sizeable, the transformations to be undertaken are weighty, and the pressure of short-term economic imperatives is high. But all these transformations underway also provide incredible opportunities to create long-term value.

Let’s be change-makers!

In its role as a designer, specifier and operator, Egis influences the delivery of tens of billions of euros of works and the operation of facilities used by millions of users all over the world: transport infrastructure, buildings, utility networks of all sorts (water, energy). This means that we have a quite very particular responsibility to society.

Through our professions, we are fortunate to have own wide range of expertise that enables us to address these challenges with the scientific discipline for which our engineers are renowned. And so it is precisely on the projects entrusted to us by our clients that we will have the strongest levers for action.

Already inside our teams, we have real “2°C champions” who, in several of our business lines, contribute their expertise in developing concrete and operational solutions aiming to counter the harmful effects of climate change. We are also gradually changing our design methods by closely analysing the impact of each of our choices on energy consumption, greenhouse gas emissions, or natural resources. But we must shift up a gear.

In designating the ecology and energy transition as a major strategic priority in our corporate project, we have the ambition to develop a true low-carbon engineering and operations service offering to fulfil the current and future needs of our clients and regions in which we operate. To do so, we must display audacity, step outside our comfort zone, explore new fields, in close liaison with our ecosystem. There are so many other avenues to explore!

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