To limit the environmental impact of their projects and meet natural habitat preservation targets, AGIFI members rigorously apply the “avoid, reduce, offset” (ARO) principle. To do so, they develop close collaborations and partnerships with local stakeholders (environmental organisations, institutional partners) and experts in the field.
Beyond protecting biodiversity, AGIFI members have launched a number of initiatives to decrease their carbon footprint, reduce water and energy consumption, and improve waste management.
This provides a direct and immediate reduction in the quantity of “materials used”, with a positive impact on the project’s carbon footprint.
Examples of initiatives:
LISEA estimates the project will become carbon neutral before 2030.
The SEA HSL avoided more than 109,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions in 2019 thanks to the modal shift from road and air transport to rail. This corresponds to the annual carbon footprint of more than 9,900 French people. Thanks to the CO2 emissions avoided each year, LISEA estimates that the project will become carbon neutral before 2030, after offsetting CO2 emissions generated during construction of the line.
Source: 2019 study by the Setec design office.
These Observatories have several objectives:
In 2018, OPERE obtained ISO 9001 (Quality Management System) and ISO 14001 (Environmental Management System) certification for the Bretagne-Pays de la Loire line and the maintenance base. Oc’via and MESEA (the company that maintains the SEA HSL) are also working to obtain these certifications very soon.