Decarbonizing industry: the major challenge

09/02/2023 - Group
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On November 30, 2022, the Ortec Group hosted industrial players to discuss the place of the energy transition in business strategies. Named the “Reduction of the carbon footprint: from words to action”, this special day confirmed Ortec’s desire to put this major issue at the heart of its project and to provide solutions for its customers.

Industrial stakeholders from various sectors (energy, civil engineering, aeronautics, agri-food industries, microelectronics, distribution, chemicals, transport, etc.) gathered at Ortec headquarters with the aim of identifying common issues and together, developing solutions for decarbonizing industry. Such was the goal of the meeting. “The Ortec Group is fully committed to the climate, to reducing the environmental impact of its activities and to providing low-carbon solutions to its customers. This day contributes to positioning us alongside our customers in the face of future challenges,” said Julien Einaudi, Managing Director of the Ortec Group.

Collective awareness for decarbonizing industry

Climate change has multiple repercussions for companies (climatic risks, social and political instability, access to energy resources). All around the world, the time has come for citizens to become more aware. The conditions are therefore ripe for companies to take up these challenges as part of a global movement.

These are challenges that must be met collectively in the industry, as the relationships between principals and suppliers are tenuous. “We need to find collective solutions, share difficulties and come up with common projects in terms of mobility, circular economy, renewable energies…” advocates Olivier Malozon, CSR & Innovation Director at Ortec. The O’Climat plan, launched by the Group in the summer of 2022, is a step in this direction. It focuses as much on its own activities as on the solutions offered to its customers.

Romaric Roignian, Head of Climate Strategy at TotalEnergies, says he expects his group’s partners to “share the commitment to reducing greenhouse gases and also help us reduce our own emissions by providing us with solutions.”

Companies at the heart of the process for reducing the carbon footprint

Although they are not the only ones involved, companies are at the heart of the fight against global warming, particularly since the first industrial revolution, fueled by fossil fuels (coal, oil, gas). The link between production, growth and carbon emissions is often cited. Hence the high expectations placed on industry players.

At the invitation of Ortec, Nadia Maizi, co-author of the IPCC report, took part in this special day. She expects industrial players “to meet their responsibilities” in the struggle for the reduction of greenhouse gases. “They must propose the major transformations that will make it possible to achieve this reduction and start taking action, beyond their own boundaries, in a way that is concomitant with the citizen’s approach in order to converge with public action. It is always positive to see initiatives carried out in the corporate world to help solve the problem.”

Although this observation is shared within economic spheres, the question of how to go about developing solutions remains. The time for asking “why?” has passed. The only remaining question is “how?” The stakes are high and the challenge collective. “The required decarbonizing performances cannot be reached solely through individual efforts,” explains Sébastien Delpont, Director of the Development Committee at GreenFlex, the company supporting Ortec in the implementation of O’Climat. “We need to create cooperation among stakeholders with the goal of planning the energy transition and synchronizing everyone’s decarbonization paths.”

The Ortec Group is ready to meet this major societal challenge. The diversity of the markets on which it is positioned, each with their own constraints (oil & gas, nuclear, construction & public works, aeronautics, chemical, etc.) requires adapted solutions, closely in line with their needs. “We must be even more virtuous, reduce our emissions and offer new solutions and services to our customers, in order to help them to decarbonize their sites, rehabilitate wastelands, provide charging stations for electric vehicles, etc.” says Julien Einaudi.

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