Coq Vert Community and Decarbonization Accelerator: two new environmental and energy transition (EET) commitments

In 2021, ADDEV Materials incorporated two initiatives from Bpifrance, a long-term shareholder in the company. By doing so, it joined a new corporate ecosystem committed to accelerating its Environmental and Energy Transition (EET), especially through decarbonization.

The Coq Vert Community

In summer 2021, ADDEV Materials incorporated the Coq Vert Community created by Bpifrance, the French Environment and Energy Management Agency (ADEME), and the Ministry of Ecological Transition to encourage collective action toward the EET. This membership as a “pioneer and activist boss” is consistent with an already established approach of taking part in exchanges within the corporate ecosystem supported by its shareholder Bpifrance.

The Coq Vert Community membership came at a time when the Group was embarking on a review of its decarbonization following its 2020 carbon footprint assessment. It provides a network for companies to exchange information on environmental issues and concrete tools (online training courses, webinars, and literature monitoring).

The Decarbonation Accelerator

At the same time, ADDEV Materials has joined the first class of the Bpifrance Decarbonation Accelerator. This 24-month support program brings together 15 companies committed to the EEO. Three consultants from Bpifrance, ADEME and the environmental consulting firm eCO2 are supporting the project team, which is made up of Pascal Nadobny, President of ADDEV Materials, Marie Blanchard-Brunel, Director of Marketing, Innovation & CSR and member of the Comex, Louise Nadobny, CSR Manager, and David Constance, Industrial Manager for France DECOUPE, who is providing an operational relay on an industrial site and his experience in energy savings. The support covers three of the Group's French industrial sites: ADDEV MICEL, in Saint-Chamond and Valence, ADDEV ADHIS in Wittelsheim and France DÉCOUPE in Pouilly-sous-Charlieu.

The program has three modules. The first was a diagnosis to determine the company’s current situation in terms of activity, the EET, and decarbonization. It involved two clients, two suppliers, the shareholder Tikehau Capital and 10 ADDEV Materials employees. “This stage allowed us to raise awareness and get everyone involved in the initiative across the pilot sites, start exchanging best practices, and get management on board while balancing economic and environmental performance,” says Louise Nadobny. “We now have tools to measure and evaluate our environmental progress that allows for real reporting and a more detailed analysis, which will help us define our targets.”

Module 2 will include three workshops to define a vision, a roadmap, and a strategy for achieving the decarbonization targets to be set by the end of 2022. Lastly, module 3 will focus on defining and implementing a plan of action in 2023.

This program has already enabled ADDEV Materials to understand its CO2 emissions better, as David Constance explains: “We had an idea about our emissions but not about the weighting of transport, waste or the consumption of electricity in our factories, etc. These results are interesting because some of the areas we might have prioritized are not, in fact, the ones that make the most sense. We have broadened our vision by including the entire supply chain and involving our clients.”