Economic recovery is looking green.
The health crisis and its economic ripple effects have faced everyone who designs, builds and operates infrastructure in cities and regions with a challenge.
Today as yesterday, VINCI companies have a duty to keep their people healthy and safe –their worksite crews as well as the people on the “second-line”, meaning the ones making sure that the vital infrastructure we are operating under concessions runs smoothly. And to make it possible to make up for restricted activity at many worksites and infrastructure in recent months,we must lead a productivity revolution together.
It’s time to start rebuilding. The reluctance to return to the way things were is spreading and we are determined to harness this crisis to speed up environmental transition in our activities. The historical drop in greenhouse gas emissions during the lockdown can’t be taken for granted. We are aiming to lower our direct greenhouse gas emissions by 40% from 2018 to 2030, and will need to be creative and demanding to do so.
“This crisis has made us all more sensitive to the health of our planet. It seems clear that economic recovery will be green. All the political signals are pointing in that direction. This is a historic opportunity for us. Our business lines place us at the centre of green growth. We have laid solid foundations on this path, have always said that we are aiming for all-round performance, and recently deepened our environmental ambition. So we are looking at wonderful challenges – and wonderful success stories – on the road ahead!”
Xavier Huillard, Chairman and CEO, VINCI
Over the past 3 years, Leonard has been leading a community of innovators covering the full spectrum to rise to three challenges: safety, productivity and environmental transition.
Safety, productivity and environmental transition are three challenges that we will not be able to tackle alone. VINCI, with Leonard, will continue to bring together and connect big companies with trailblazers from a wide variety of backgrounds.
Here at Leonard, we have seen and shown time and again over these the past 3 years that the imagination of VINCI employees, and that of the young trailblazing companies we are cooperating with through our programmes, create value and drive transformation in our business lines.
The innovative projects include new VINCI activities arising from Leonard’s Intrapreneurs programme, such as Waste Marketplace, a business unit that specialises in worksite waste management, and Resallience, a design and engineering office dedicated to climate change adaptation applied to infrastructure.
We are also working side by side with startups in our Seed acceleration programme. These include EP Tender, a Batteries-as-a-Service solution that enables electric-vehicle drivers to travel longer distances worry-free, and Inergeen’s Cubeen, a tailored and sustainable modular construction solution.
Among the 11 pioneering companies we are working with on our Catalyst programme, Smartvid.io predicts and prevents worksite accidents by analysing images and video feeds, and Vizcab automates lifecycle analysis to help construction, civil engineering and real estate companies manage their projects’ energy consumption and carbon emissions, and comply with France’s new RE2020 regulation.
Our programme to foster AI-related projects in VINCI companies has enabled Gatwick to process all the available data in the airport, accurately predict take-off times and use that information to minimise fuel consumption and carbon footprints. GeometrieIA, a solution developed by LISEA and MESEA, the companies operating and maintaining the South Europe Atlantic high-speed rail line, enables them to better optimize the maintenance operations while minimising them.
VINCI employees, VINCI companies, entrepreneurs and startups: we want to spur environment-driven growth with you and look forward to receiving your application for one of our four Leonard for Innovators acceleration programmes:
- Startups and other innovative companies
The SEED programme lasts 6 months and is geared for early-stage startups launching and developing pioneering projects. The CATALYST programme provides more mature companies with the resources they need to roll out their innovative products and services in partnership with our business units.
- VINCI company employees
The Intrapreneurs programme helps them develop their projects to build new business ventures in-house.
- All VINCI companies
The AI programme helps VINCI Group entities design and develop AI projects that can open up growth prospects or keep companies one step ahead of shifts in their markets.