As a leader in sustainable mobility, Indigo Group is committed to reducing its environmental footprint in all its activities. The Group has also taken initiatives to reduce its customers’ greenhouse gas emissions.
Greenhouse Gas Emissions
In accordance with the regulations applicable in all countries where the Group operates, only Indigo Park, an indirect French subsidiary of Indigo Group, had until 2017 the obligation to disclose its social, environmental and societal information in its annual report. Indigo Park, which operates only in France but for the benefit of all the French companies in the Indigo Group managing car parks, has nevertheless chosen to go beyond this strict obligation by extending, since 2014, the reporting of social data to companies that constitute an economic and social unit and, more generally, other environmental and societal data to all the Group’s French activity in the field of parking.
In the same spirit of transparency, Indigo Group decided, as early as 2016, to voluntarily disclose in a dedicated report its information on social, environmental and societal responsibility on a broader scope than that of France.
So, Indigo Group calculated the greenhouse gas emissions linked to fossil fuel and electricity consumption in the four European countries in which the Group can directly contribute to their own reductions.
Adapting to climate change
Based on scientific data on rising water levels and increasing rainfall events, the Group has developed technical programs to limit the impact of floods caused by exceptional high water levels, high tides or abnormally high rainfall.
For example, for car parks located in potentially high-risk areas, skidding or cofferdam systems (metal plates acting as temporary dikes) at the entrance to access and exit ramps, or an elevation of pedestrian access points and ventilation grids in relation to the pavement level, are means of protecting structures, our employees, our customers and their vehicles.
As soon as a project is designed, the Group proposes in-depth work on all project components (lighting, materials, vehicle routes, encroachment on tree areas) in order to significantly reduce its environmental footprint.
Depending on the project, Indigo Group may adopt an architectural approach that integrates natural materials into its structures, such as vegetated facades or facades adorned with wood or bamboo.
In the case of the construction of an underground structure and in accordance with local regulations, Indigo Group is always studying the possibility of naturally ventilating the first level. One way to achieve this is the integration of “skylights”, which provide natural lighting and ventilation in the car park.
- Charging stations for electric vehicles
In order to promote electro-mobility, Indigo Group is committed to encouraging the deployment of self-service electric charging stations in the car parks it operates.
In France, for example, a partnership entered into in 2014 with Sodetrel, an EDF subsidiary, was renewed in January 2017 with the aim of installing up to 300 additional charging stations for electric vehicles in car parks (including 2 outlets each) by 2019.
According to Sébastien Fraisse, Deputy Managing Director and France Director of Indigo:
“Indigo was the first car park operator to provide an offer adapted to charging electric vehicles. Since 2014, we have relied on Sodetrel’s expertise in this area to complete this ambitious project. We want to simplify the lives of motorists who have made the choice to switch to electric cars, but we also want to support local authorities in deploying the energy transition plan, which provides for the installation of 7 million charging stations for electric cars by 2030″.
- Electric vehicles for our operations
The growing number of charging stations installed in its facilities enables the Group to equip itself with electric vehicles (cars, scooters and bicycles) for its own service needs. For its parking control operations in Paris, its subsidiary STREETEO has decided to use only electric vehicles within the French capital: its fleet includes about ten cars and forty non greenhouse gas-emitting scooters.
In order to strengthen its individual mobility offer and accelerate the development of electro-mobility in the city, Indigo Group acquired in 2016 Wattmobile, a company specialised in car-sharing of electric vehicles.
Technologies to serve the environment
- Reducing our customers’ emissions
Indigo Group uses the latest technologies in its installations to shorten travel times or downtime with the engine switched on for its customers: instead dynamic route guidance and license plate recognition systems as well as payment by mobile phone application and pre-reservation of space reduce exhaust gas emissions.
- Carpooling Faxi
Indigo entered into a partnership with the British company Faxi and acquired a stake in it in 2017. Faxi is a carpooling platform that allows employees of the same company to share a single vehicle. Faxi thus enables organisations of all types to reduce their own carbon footprint and facilitate parking for employees who have shared their journeys by allocating them reserved parking spaces.
For Serge Clémente, Chairman of Indigo Group:
“We are convinced that this collaboration will provide an additional solution for our public and private customers who want to promote more environmentally friendly means of transport. This is an issue that affects Europe and North America, where Indigo has a solid presence, and more particularly France where the “mobility plan” of the energy transition Law will impose new responsibilities on companies as of January 1st, 2018. This will include changing employee behaviour and contribute to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by encouraging carpooling “.
- OPnGO and Polly mobile phone applications
Combining a complete parking offer thanks to partnerships with public and private parking operators, hotels, social landlords and property owners, OPnGO is a digital service that makes it easier to find a parking space around your destination.
Thanks to Polly’s recommendation engine, the user can check the best parking option on-street or off-street, reducing her or his search time. The optimal route to find a place in the street is calculated according to defined criteria, such as number of places met, expected availability, travel time (traffic, red lights) and proximity to final destination. The available car parks are indicated throughout the journey.
Thus, after downloading the Polly application and creating an OPnGO user account, a motorist will find a place faster and therefore reduce her or his greenhouse gas emissions.
Indigo Group limits its employees’ travel-related greenhouse gas emissions by encouraging them to assess the need to travel, by equipping its operations with electric vehicles, by encouraging the use of teleconferencing or videoconferencing, by promoting the use of public transport instead of cars or taxis for urban travel, and by developing e-learning.
The main waste generated by Indigo Group’s activity is fluorescent tubes and batteries used to power parking meters or emergency lighting. They are collected at the end of their own useful lives by specialised companies.
Pursue our efforts to reduce fossil fuel consumption and encourage investments to reduce our customers’ greenhouse gas emissions.