Cergy, September 13th, 2017 – SPIE, the European leader in multi-technical services in the areas of energy and communications, is officially amongst the 200 global companies that are most committed to promoting the transition to clean energy. The Group particularly stands out in the Carbon Clean 200 list through its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) policy and its environmentally friendly initiatives.
The Clean 200 list compiled by Corporate Knights, a Canadian specialist magazine, and As You Sow, a non-profit organisation that promotes corporate social and environmental responsibility, was first published in 2016. The companies featuring in it have a combined stock market value of over 1 billion dollars, and more than 10% of their revenue comes from clean energy sources. The Clean 200 index is aimed principally at investors seeking to channel their finances into sectors that are less carbon intensive. Only two companies listed on the Paris Stock Exchange have been included for 2017, the SPIE Group being one of them.
A leading player in the green economy
SPIE devises and implements long-term solutions for overcoming energy and environmental challenges. Through its activities, the Group is thus playing an active role in developing a green economy, which is centred on improving energy efficiency and promoting the use of renewable forms of energy. SPIE is seeking not only to reduce its own day-to-day impact on the environment, but also to help its clients as they make the transition to cleaner types of energy. For instance, at the Charité University Hospital in Berlin, SPIE Deutschland & Zentraleuropa has very recently delivered a new plant that provides electricity, heating, cooling and steam to the whole site. Crucially, this operation has allowed the hospital to reduce its annual CO2 emissions by around 8,800 tonnes, equivalent to the CO2 emissions of almost 6,200 vehicles each travelling 10,000 kilometres per year. Another example can be seen in France, where SPIE is a major player in providing electric charging points across the length and breadth of the country. SPIE designs, installs and maintains these charging points, and its services have been taken on by many regional authorities. SPIE will shortly bring into service close to 900 charging points in five departments in the south east – the largest inter-departmental network in the entire country.
Moving towards a responsible, carbon-free economy
“We are delighted to feature in the list”, says Gauthier Louette, the Group’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “It is just reward for our long-standing commitment to developing innovative technical solutions with our clients in order to reduce their carbon footprint.”