Bouygues Construction’s carbon footprint strategyJanuary 28th 2021
Bouygues Construction is strengthening its climate strategy to reduce the carbon footprint of its
businesses and promote energy-efficient solutions
As a responsible and committed company, Bouygues Construction has for many years been
innovating and developing sustainable solutions and projects that encourage the energy transition.
The ambitious climate strategy that the Group is now introducing will reduce its carbon footprint
across its entire value chain in line with the ambition of the Paris Climate Agreement.
BOUYGUES CONSTRUCTION’S CARBON FOOTPRINT
2.9 million tonnes of CO 2 in 2019 (calculated for scopes 1&2 and 3A)
– Weight of scopes 1&2: 11%
– Weight of scope 3A: 89%
THE GROUP’S COMMITMENTS IN FIGURES with regard to greenhouse gas emissions:
– Scopes 1&2 (1) : 40% reduction
– Scope 3A (2) : 30% reduction
(intensity calculation for 2030, base year 2019)
– Scope 3B (3) : A commitment to provide innovative solutions for all the Group’s markets, in order to
reduce the environmental footprint of its projects when they are in use.
(1) Scopes 1&2 : electricity on construction sites, fuel for site machines, energy consumption of head
offices and local offices, business travel by plane and train, vehicle fleets
(2) Scope 3A (upstream): purchase of products and construction materials, freight, fixed assets, IT
(3) Scope 3B (downstream): emissions of products and services sold
Beyond reducing its own direct and indirect emissions, Bouygues Construction also wants to support
the development of a responsible use of the buildings and structures it constructs. To achieve this,
the Group offers it is customers a wide range of solutions promoting the energy performance of
buildings, neighbourhoods, and towns and cities, the production and distribution of low-carbon
energy and the development of low-carbon mobility.
Bouygues Construction is taking action across the entire value chain of its operations: design,
purchase of materials, the execution of projects, and the operation of buildings and structures.
In the 60 countries in which the Group operates, this strategy depends heavily on a high capacity for
innovation and on the strength of its network of partner companies (suppliers and subcontractors).
To act on scopes 1&2 (11% of the Group’s carbon footprint), the principal actions taken by Bouygues
Construction will be to operate a fleet of green vehicles (90% of green vehicles in 2030), to reduce
travel by employees (50% fewer international flights and 80% fewer domestic flights) and to reduce
the energy consumption of all its construction sites and other locations.
To act on scope 3A upstream (89% of the carbon footprint), the Group’s principal measures will
relate to reducing the impact of materials purchased (concrete, joinery, cables, etc.), working with
local suppliers to reduce freight, and reducing the carbon footprint of its IT equipment by 15% by 2025. In order to reduce the carbon intensity of the cements it employs, roadmaps have been drawn
up on a country-by-country basis to achieve an overall reduction of 40% in the carbon intensity of
cement (kg CO 2 e/m 3 ). Timber construction will also become a priority as Bouygues Construction has
undertaken to carry out 30% of its European building projects in timber by 2030.
To act on scope 3B downstream, Bouygues Construction offers its customers a wide range of low-
carbon and carbon-free solutions to support their efforts to reduce their carbon footprint: the
production and distribution of decarbonised energy; the energy performance of buildings,
neighbourhoods, and towns and cities; and the development of low-carbon mobility.
Philippe Bonnave, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, said: “Bouygues Construction’s climate
strategy aims to make an active contribution to reducing the carbon impact of construction. The
commitment of our teams and their ability to innovate in conjunction with our partners and listening
to our customers is our main asset in meeting this challenge. The many sustainable projects already
delivered by the Group show us that this is possible, and we must go further. The Group is in the
process of adopting a true low-carbon culture.”