Altereo and Sustainable Development Goals
Awakening environmental intelligence, this is Altereo’s raison d’être, and it is the affirmation of its 30-year commitment to sustainable cities and territories. This commitment translates into services for more efficient public services and our investment in the development of our employees.
Our commitments and partners
Member of the Global Compact
Altereo is committed to implementing actions related to the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), in its activities as well as in its internal operations. Altereo is a Global Compact Ambassador for the Southern region.
French water partnership
Goal 6 of the 17 SDGs is specifically dedicated to water. Altereo is committed as a member of the French Water Partnership through the Water & SDGs advocacy which is developed around 3 main priorities:
- Recognize the inescapable role of water in achieving of SDGs
- Establishing international water governance: towards the establishment of UN intergovernmental bodies
- Giving oneself the means to successfully implement and monitor SDGs
Partnership with the Institut National de l’Economie Circulaire (National Institute of Circular Economy)
Altereo and the Institut National de l’Economie Circulaire (National Institute of Circular Economy) are pooling their skills to carry out missions to develop the circular economy.
Our internal practices
Waste, consumables and energy
Altereo is committed to the Reduce – Reuse – Recycle principle and has implemented these practices in all its branches: selective sorting, battery recovery, printing of documents on both sides, use of ecological cleaning products, verification of water consumption, elimination of plastic consumables, distribution of metal water bottles to all employees, relaying the campaigns of the No Plastic in My Sea association, zero paper policy at trade fairs and in terms of energy, reminder of the rules in favour of reducing energy consumption on our premises.
In addition to reducing the printing of paper documents, Altereo advocates the deletion of useless e-mails and their attachments, encourages download links and discourages streaming.
Transport and teleworking
The occasional teleworking set up at Altereo and videoconferencing have an impact on reducing daily travel. The reduction of our emissions in 2019 is 18 tons of CO2.
The improvement of the working environment is regularly the subject of measures proposed by the “CSE” (Social and Economic Committee), the employees or at the initiative of the management. In 2019, a review was launched at each site.
The actions have been classified into three categories: practical life at work, atmosphere and environment.
Involvement of employees in the company’s strategy
The creation of the #notrealtereo2022 (ouraltereo2022) program has enabled some fifteen employees to be involved in the company’s future: strategic positioning, future business lines and operations.
Our activities in relation to the 17 SDGs
Water & environmental engineering
Altereo has been investing for 30 years in the theme of heritage management of drinking water networks. Altereo was awarded the French National Grand Prize for Engineering in 2019 for HpO®, its artificial intelligence system that increases the efficiency of drinking water network renewal and significantly reduces leaks for Responsible Renewal and High Performance of water services.
Altereo innovates in the water-energy nexus with its Kilowater offer: algorithms and engineering to identify potential, optimize design and support the installation of microturbines on drinking water networks to generate clean, local energy.
The deterioration of drinking water networks causes leaks that can exceed 50% in some countries (20% in France). In addition to wasting water resources, the impact of leaks on greenhouse gas emissions is estimated at a quarter of that of world air traffic.
Altereo supports the No Plastic in my sea association and in 2019 carried out a study for the WWF (World Wildlife Fund) to evaluate plastic production deposits and their flows in the South of France.
Cities & Territories
Altereo has carried out an R&D program on the impact of urban sprawl on agricultural land and water quality. This study targeted in particular the large megacities whose extension reduces fertile agricultural land.
Altereo is an important player in urban planning. Our 5 agencies in France work with municipalities to develop urban planning documents that take into account environmental issues, including those related to climate change. Our work on water networks also contributes to reducing water consumption in cities in France and around the world.
Altereo has carried out an R&D program on GIS (Geographic Information System) modeling of ecological corridors (green and blue frames).
For several years, Altereo has been assisting the Southern Region in its policy of supporting the circular economy concerning waste, particularly waste from the construction industry. Altereo also assists the local authorities of the Region in the integration of the circular economy in public contracts.
Geographic Intelligence Solutions
Altereo invests 5% of its turnover in innovation. Over the past 30 years, we have carried out some fifteen innovation projects in the fields of geographic information systems, resource protection, water network asset management, biodiversity, green energy, etc.
Our dynamism in this area has earned us the bpifrance EXCELLENCE label for several years.