As an international contractor in energy businesses, the Entrepose group designs, creates and operates infrastructure that interacts strongly with the environment. From the early stages of designing facilities and throughout the process of carrying out our work, Entrepose plays an active role in preserving the environment and promoting sustainable development. All of the Group’s subsidiaries perform their works in accordance with ISO 14001.
Environment: master and reduce the impact of company activities
The Group commits, through its Corporate Social Responsibility Charter, to master the impact of its activities on the environment and to seek the best energy efficiency for the benefit of its clients. In practice, Entrepose’s environmental policy translates to a systematic search for added value in its offerings; this is what motivates and underpins its research and efforts to innovate.
As written in its CSR charter, as an international contractor in energy businesses, the Entrepose group designs, creates and operates infrastructure that interacts strongly with the environment. From the early stages of designing facilities and throughout the process of carrying out our work, all over the world, we consider the environment, society and populations in the areas we work as an integral part of our activity. The company is thus fully committed on:
- Managing the environment impact – As part of the construction and operation of any facility, we design and implement lasting solutions that are as compatible as possible with ecosystems and the environment. We measure our energy performance during our operations, with a view to energy optimisation.
- Promoting green growth – We commit to developing prospective refl ection and investing in R&D eff orts to support our customers in the quest for better energy effi ciency. We also commit to designing, developing and implementing renewable energy projects.
Seeking added value
Beyond complying with standards in the sector, Entrepose’s environmental commitment is proven by systematically seeking added value in its offers. In the technical field, designing a process also leads the company to offer a solution that consumes less energy in the operation phase.
This goal, ever-present in the design phase, also steers longer running research work and results in innovations that can mark the whole sector. This was the case in 2013 with the “hydraulic testing of the inner liner of cryogenic tanks”. This test, now performed using salt water with no chemical additives, avoids wasting hundreds of thousands of cubic metres of fresh water in countries where this resource is often rare. This was also the case in 2015, with the tool developed by HDI to limit the discharge of sludge and protect the environment on horizontal directional drilling sites.
Limiting the impact of surface facility worksites
Entrepose Contracting is in charge of surface facilities in the Shalapa underground storage project in Mexico, where, at the end of 2015, it began deforesting a 28-hectare area of a particularly rich jungle ecosystem. The company worked alongside its customer, ASSE, to implement a programme designed to limit the environmental impact.
Prior to the works, and once all the flora and fauna in the area had been noted and staff made aware of environmental concerns, a team was specifically assigned the task of evacuating the most vulnerable species of animals (turtles, armadillos, iguanas, opossums, etc.) and removing certain plant species (trees and shrubs). Planted in a nursery until the works are completed in the first quarter of 2017, these shrubs and trees will be replanted to landscape the spaces around the future facilities, where the rescued animals will also be released.
The programme will also make local communities aware of responsible actions to take to protect the ecosystem.
Spiecapag’s commitment to preserving biodiversity was illustrated in Greece on the TAP project by replanting the 40,000 species of plants that were temporarily moved for the intrinsic needs of the worksite, in addition to processing wastes and treating water.
In the same manner, recovering of the excavated earth and controlling erosion, which are the prerogative of any worksite performed by the company, were accompanied by actions taken to protect fauna, particularly white-clawed crayfish on the Val de Saône project.