Ortec's climate commitment
Ortec’s O’Climat plan capitalizes on the Group’s expertise in innovation, sustainable development and resource management to offer its customers low-carbon solutions and help combat the global warming.
Ortec's commitment to the planet
The Ortec Group is launching its O’Climat plan to deploy its strategy in the fight against global warming, positioning itself as a key player in the decarbonization of industry.
The “Made by Ortec” values are part of the Group’s DNA and are expressed on a daily basis through programs and measures that aim to develop its operations in a responsible manner, particularly in terms of sustainable development.
Respect for the environment is at the heart of the Group’s activities, both in France and abroad: environmental and industrial services, pollution control, electrical engineering, nuclear power, engineering… Each of these areas of expertise is based on a virtuous model.
As an engineering contractor, Ortec has the responsibility to provide its clients with innovative solutions that respect the environment, focus on reducing the carbon footprint and preserve energy and natural resources.
O'Climat: ambition and a concrete action plan
At a time when awareness of the climate emergency and the leading role to be played by industry is accelerating, Ortec is strengthening its commitments by launching its climate plan in the summer of 2022. O’Climat: a concrete, realistic and pragmatic low-carbon transition action plan.
The goal of the Group is as clear as it is ambitious: to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by more than 50% by 2030, and be a leader in low-carbon solutions. Circular economy and reuse of materials, retrofitting and adaptation of infrastructures, production of low-carbon energy and fuels, transitioning the vehicle fleet to electric: the levers for success are numerous.
Ortec expertise, a major asset for a low-carbon strategy
Since its creation in 1992, Ortec has turned the diversity of sectors in which it operates into a valuable asset.
As a member of GIFEN, the professional union of the French nuclear industry, Ortec has been working on EDF’s nuclear and hydroelectric power plants for many years, making it a key player in the decarbonized energy sector.
This expertise is also applied to the energy challenges of the future, such as ITER project designed to produce electricity from nuclear fusion.
Ortec, through its subsidiary Ortec-Soléo, is also a leader in soil decontamination and site rehabilitation.
Through a circular economy approach, personalized analysis of client needs, and a constant focus on the re-use of materials, the Group provides solutions which from the initial design stage through to recycling preserve natural resources to the greatest possible extent and limit environmental impact.
In tune with technical progress, current regulations, and global public awareness, Ortec mobilizes its entire business chain (design engineering, construction and maintenance) to foster innovative ideas. The company actively participates in major international professional events (OTC, WNE, Pollutec, etc.) to keep abreast of the aspirations of professionals wishing to meet the challenges of the 21st century.
Ortec has also organized events to address these issues, such as the O.Forum, the “Decarbonization of Industry: From Words to Action” day, and sessions that engage its engineers in discussions on digitalization and the development of environmentally-friendly technologies.
As a member of the Coq Vert community, comprised of entrepreneurs convinced of the necessity to act, the Ortec Group intends to encourage the sharing of expertise within this joint initiative created by Bpifrance, ADEME, and the Ministry of Ecological Transition.
Membership in the Association for Low Carbon Transition (ABC) is further proof of the company’s determination to make a collective commitment, drawing on the experience of each member to identify concrete means of action.
The foundations of a low-carbon solution
In order to reduce the impact of its activities and assist its clients in finding low-carbon solutions, the Ortec Group has implemented an ambitious and exemplary climate plan.
An internally deployed plan
Ortec is involving all its employees in 6 action levers with the aim of uniting the teams and setting reduction targets:
Collecting data to ensure comprehensive carbon footprint monitoring across all sites
Limiting energy consumption and optimizing the energy performance of buildings. Deploying renewable energy sources (EnR) in France and abroad. Promoting low-carbon worksites
Fostering a climate culture among employees, setting an example on-site and in internal practices
Streamlining and electrification of the light-duty vehicle fleet, deployment of low-carbon heavy-duty vehicles and eco-driving training
Equipping and training employees to raise suppliers' awareness of the carbon impact of their goods and services, and gradually collecting this information
Developing a waste strategy for the management of waste on behalf of clients
Supporting our clients as a provider of low-carbon solutions
Drawing on its multi-disciplinary expertise, Ortec is developing low-carbon solutions for industrial clients, SMEs, and local authorities in four main areas:
Circular economy and reuse of materials
- Assisting clients in waste reduction
- Recycling of waste
- Transforming waste into energy
- Utilizing waste in new sectors
- Collecting new waste
Retrofitting buildings and utilities
- Management of energy production and consumption
- Reducing the carbon footprint of utilities
- Adapting buildings to climatic hazards
- Development of carbon capture solutions
- Deployment of energy-efficient equipment and renewable energy
- Ensuring energy and carbon efficiency
Construction, deployment and adaptation of infrastructure
- Design and construction of new plants and low-carbon infrastructures
- Deployment of infrastructures required for energy consumption
- Development of carbon offset solutions for incompressible emissions
- Adapting and maintaining infrastructures resilient to extreme weather conditions
Low-carbon energy and fuels production
- Energy production from waste
- Supporting the energy transition
- Production of low-carbon fuels
- Supporting the development of heating networks
- Participating in the production of decarbonized energy
- Combining pollution control with renewable energy production
The Group’s activities related to the decarbonization of industry will be accelerated by the creation of a dedicated “Energy” division.
Decarbonizing industry: a collective challenge
As the mobilization against global warming becomes a global challenge, the role of economic actors is particularly important. Since the industrial revolution of the 19th century, the industry has heavily relied on fossil fuels (coal, oil, gas). The link between production, growth and greenhouse gas emissions has now been established. Hence the high expectations placed on industrial players.
During the conference entitled “Carbon Footprint Reduction: from Words to Action” organized by Ortec in November 2022, scientist Nadia Maizi, co-author of the IPCC report, emphasized that industrial actors must “live up to their responsibilities” in the fight against greenhouse gas reduction.
As the Ortec Group sees it, industrial players with their ability to mobilize and innovate are indeed part of the solution.
Innovation for resource efficiency
By ambitiously placing innovation at the core of its corporate vision, the Ortec Group adopts a continuous improvement approach to its services and techniques. Part of this dynamic is dedicated to the energy performance of the equipment and its carbon footprint, with Dantech serving as the central hub for technical innovation within Ortec.
Ortec always chooses the most suitable equipment and the optimal amount of energy required. This is demonstrated by the range of low VOC emission and hybrid fuel consumption vehicles deployed by the Group for its sanitation services.
Electric and hybrid hydro-cleaning trucks: 100% electric pumping and cleaning in urban areas.
- Reduced CO2 emissions
- Decreased noise pollution
- Improved energy efficiency in operations
- 7-fold reduction in COV emissions
- Decreased ATEX risk
The Ortec Group wants to use the right vehicle, the right tools and the right amount of energy for each of its cleaning operations on a daily basis, so it is also developing a connected hydrocleaner designed by Dantech. In practical terms, checkpoints are placed on the vehicle to gather various types of information:
Once collected, the data is centralized, analyzed and used to determine the best conditions for carrying out services, to optimize the choice of cleaning method and the amount of energy and water consumed.
This capacity for innovation has also been extended to the renewable energy sector with the design of Eolbox, a waste management solution for wind farms.
This solid and watertight 30 m3 metal container, patented by Ortec Environnement, complies with current ICPE legislation.
Promoters and managers of wind farms get an innovative and integrated solution for managing waste resulting from wind turbine maintenance.
Operating in 25 countries, the Ortec Group also adopts its low-carbon approach internationally. In Africa, several subsidiaries are involved in deploying photovoltaic panels on the roofs of their branches to shift their energy consumption towards solar power.
Driven by its commitment to preserving natural resources, the Ortec Group has made water conservation another major challenge in its climate policy.
Our teams, whether in offices or on worksites, are encouraged to practice responsible water consumption on both personal (drinking, sanitation, etc.) and professional (cleaning, high-pressure usage etc.) levels.
Ortec also supports its customers and works closely with them to meet their expectations regarding pipe leakage problems.
Given the immense climate challenges highlighted by the Paris Agreement, everyone is called upon to take action. The Ortec Group’s climate policy is built around its employees, its capacity for innovation, its industry knowledge, and strong customer relations. Future results are being built every day, by everyone. This is Ortec’s commitment to the planet.