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CSR in action: reducing
the carbon footprint

Reduction of the carbon footprint is a global emergency, reaffirmed in France by the Energy Transition Law for Green Growth (LTECV) of 2015. The Colisee group also makes it a priority: the objectives are defined and the roadmap is traced.

T he carbon footprint measures greenhouse gas emissions from a consumption or production activity. Composed mainly of CO2, it alone represents half of humanity's ecological footprint. Lowering it is therefore a global imperative. Calculating it is essential to define a precise strategy and concrete reduction actions.

In France, a roadmap has existed since 2015: the National low-carbon strategy, created by the LTECV Law. The guidelines aimed at the transition towards "a low-carbon, circular and sustainable economy". The path to reduce greenhouse gas emissions has been achieved. It aims for carbon neutrality by 2050, the point where greenhouse gas emissions are equal to their removals from the atmosphere. All actors must therefore take their part in it, and quickly.

Colisee, in France and in Europe have set its strategy and objectives. Overall, the strategy relies on the sharing of best practices between the different sites, the maintenance of establishments and collective vigilance. The main objectives are four in number: 1. Have a clear vision through all countries on the greenhouse gas emissions required to establish a benchmark and define targets. 2. Communicate and engage teams committed with concrete actions for a sustainable society. 3. Have objective key data to define a development strategy and to identify key sustainable actions 4. Comply with mandatory carbone footprint commitments under national legislations and to obtain the B-Corp label.

Three fields of intervention are distinguished: direct emissions from fossil energies combustion (natural gas and fuel consumed in facilities, diesel / gasoline from cars); indirect emissions coming from electricity consumption; indirect emissions on all Colisee’s value chain, with the main spots identified: purchases, recurring capex, waste management, business travel and employee commuting.

The work has started. The new "car policy" in France plans to eliminate diesel, encourage employees to use electric or hybrid vehicles and gradually set up electric terminals in establishments. In Belgium, more than 50% of retirement homes are already equipped with solar panels and vehicle purchased are now only hybrid or fully electric. In Spain too, solar panels are installed in a dozen establishments, the head office is now only equipped with hybrid cars while reinforced and measurable recycling of waste is set up region after region.

Going further through an overall and precise approach piloted at European level requires careful collection of data on all the fields considered and in all the countries where Colisee is present. The first data will be available in June 2021 and will therefore serve as a starting point for determining the quantified targets to be reached. If the best practices are already in place, the rigor of the new approach will make it possible to measure the progress made and to prove the effective participation of Colisee in the national and international objectives of reducing greenhouse gases. CSR by proof and by example.
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