VINCI Energies Belgium organises first edition of VINCI Environment Day

The VINCI group, of which VINCI Energies Belgium is part has defined a clear ambition and strategy around environmental priorities. These will take center stage during the very first VINCI Environment Day on the 22 of September. On this day VINCI Energies Belgium’s 2,750 strong workforce, spread out over 60 business units and 15 brands, will be submerged in the group’s vision on durability through interactive sessions, workshops and keynotes. The day will also focus on the further development of sustainability and the ‘Green offering’ of VINCI Energies Belgium, a collection of sustainable solutions the group continues to develop.

 Marc Lemaire, Managing Director of VINCI Energies Belgium is enthusiastic about the organisation of this day: “By involving all VINCI Energies Belgium’s employees in the VINCI’s  sustainability ambitions, we ensure they play an important role in our climate transition. By detecting, stimulating and implementing initiatives of our employees, we ensure a future where our business operations remain relevant and above all, sustainable in the long term. The fact that we devote an entire day to this underlines our commitment and ambition in achieving the VINCI environmental priorities”.

 

Climate ambitions

During the VINCI Environment Day, all topics will be part of at least one of VINCI’s three climate ambitions. First, there is the attention on climate transition with the aims to reduce direct or indirect CO₂ emissions and the sustainability of infrastructure, cities and regions. The target is to achieve a 40% reduction in carbon emissions by 2030 and to become fully carbon neutral by 2050. The second ambition revolves around the circular economy with a focus on the analysis and reuse of waste. The aim is to maximise the use of recycled materials and reduce the consumption of raw materials. Finally, in the category of the environment, VINCI focuses on the protection of biodiversity and the quality of air, water and soil.

Bart Artois, Director Corporate Social Responsibilities & HSEQ of VINCI Energies Belgium: “With VINCI Energies Belgium, we already have a promising series of ongoing projects that fit these ambitions in our ‘Green offering’. Developing these ideas further will not only help our own sustainable development and carbon reduction, but also that of our partners and customers”.

 

VINCI Environment Awards

One of the initiatives that are being rolled out during the Environment Day is the kickoff of the VINCI Environment Awards. For this competition, VINCI calls upon all 220,000 employees worldwide to put forward ideas that contribute to the group’s sustainability objectives. After voting rounds by the employees themselves and deliberation by a specialised jury, the best ideas will be awarded a VINCI Environment Award in the course of 2021.

 

 

About VINCI Energies in Belgium

In a world undergoing constant change, VINCI Energies focuses on connections, performance, energy efficiency and data to fast-track the rollout of new technologies and support two major changes: the digital transformation and the energy transition. With their strong regional roots, agile and innovative, VINCI Energies’ business units boost the reliability, safety and efficiency of energy, transport and communication infrastructure, factories, buildings and information systems.

In Belgium, VINCI Energies is active in industrial automation, energy-, transport- and communication infrastructures, building techniques, fire protection and facility services through the brands Actemium, Axians, Cegelec, Omexom and VINCI Facilities, as well as through some local brands. The group employs 2.750 collaborators and represents an annual turnover of 580 million euros.

 

About VINCI

VINCI is a global player in concessions and contracting, employing more than 222,000 people in nearly 120 countries. We design, finance, build and operate infrastructure and facilities that help improve daily life and mobility for all. Because we believe in all-round performance, above and beyond economic and financial results, we are committed to operating in an environmentally and socially responsible manner. And because our projects are in the public interest, we consider that reaching out to all our stakeholders and engaging in dialogue with them is essential in the conduct of our business activities. VINCI’s goal is to create long-term value for its customers, shareholders, employees, and partners and for society at large.

 

Contact VINCI Energies Belgium

Bart Artois – +32 496 58 33 20                                                  Wendy Verheyden – +32 486 35 54 54

Bart.artois@vinci-energies.com                                                 wendy.verheyden@vinci-energies.com

Strong growth drives Cegelec Fire Solutions to relocate to larger location

In 2012 Cegelec Fire Solutions moved to the Industrielaan in Erembodegem. At that time the team of the fire protection experts still consisted of 20 people. In the past eight years the company experienced a significant growth and saw this figure almost triple to 57 employees. When considering a new location, the eye was drawn to the nearby business park in the Atomveldstraat in Denderhoutem, just five kilometres from the current office in Erembodegem. On the 1st of September, the almost 60-person team will move to the new location with the necessary space for further growth in the future.

Collaborating with colleagues

For the new location a collaboration was set up with colleagues from VINCI Facilities, the brand of VINCI Energies that focuses on Facility Management and technical maintenance of buildings. They were responsible for the design with a focus on creating spacious and bright offices. In addition, the sustainable aspect was also given due attention. Proof of this is the presence of charging poles for electric vehicles, extra acoustic and thermal insulation on the inside of the ceiling, LED lighting and presence detection to save energy.

Managing Director of Cegelec Fire Solutions, Patrick Merckx is delighted: “It will be a pleasure to work in the new offices. Due to our strong growth in recent years, the location in Erembodegem had unfortunately become too small. Only 5 kilometres away we found the perfect location for offices that amply meet our needs and on top of that leave room for future growth. Our employees are also satisfied, because their new workplace is located in a green environment and the commuting distance remains virtually unchanged. Thanks to the excellent cooperation with VINCI Facilities, we can be proud of the results”.

Specific requirements

It was a deliberate choice to involve VINCI Facilities in the design of this project. Marnix Dejonghe, Business Unit Manager at VINCI Facilities explains: “As we are both part of VINCI Energies Belgium, we know the wishes and needs of our colleagues at Cegelec Fire Solutions through and through. As a result, they can count on a new location that not only meets all technical and sustainability requirements, but has also become an extremely pleasant place to work. The building consists of very spacious rooms with a maximum of natural light. In addition, the spacious offices make it easy to respect all the current social distancing measures.”

Strong growth

The significant growth at Cegelec Fire Solutions is due in part to its focus on innovation and long-term thinking. Acting as a partner of industrial actors, Cegelec offers tailor-made advice regarding fire protection. The highlight in their range is the digital platform S.M.A.R.T. (Sprinkler Management and Remote Tracking), a sustainable monitoring platform that quickly and clearly communicates status updates of sprinkler installations. In addition, the VINCI Energies brand builds fire protection systems in various scales and application areas and has the required expertise in fire detection and extinguishing gases.