The economic models for the operation of car parks vary from country to country. Therefore, a distinction must be made between structures for which the Group operates on its own account, such as the car parks fully owned, leased or operated under delegation of public services, and car parks managed under service contracts on behalf of public or private entities.
In the first case, Indigo Group can voluntarily deploy measures to protect the environment. When the Group operates on behalf of a third party, it is responsible for providing advice, particularly on environmental aspects, but cannot, however, directly implement the recommendations it proposes to its clients.
The Group has been carrying out environmental reporting since 2006 and in accordance with the French “Grenelle II” Law since 2012. An independent third party organisation attests to the presence and sincerity of the published data.
In addition, Indigo Group voluntarily decided in 2016 to extend its social, societal and environmental reporting to countries in which the Group can have a direct impact on its greenhouse gas emissions.
The Legal and Insurance Director is responsible is responsible for implementing the strategy defined by the Group in terms of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and collecting the necessary information from a network of CSR correspondents in each country.
Indigo Group complies with all applicable international and local laws and regulations and, whenever possible, endeavours to exceed them.
In France, for example, interior air monitoring systems are imposed by the regulation for car parks with more than 500 spaces in order to the content of carbon monoxide (CO) and nitrogen oxides (NO or NO2). In 2014, the Group decided to gradually extend this type of installation to car parks with less than 500 parking spaces open to the public and mechanically ventilated, owned by the Group or managed under Public Service Delegation and lease contracts, the residual term of which allows for amortisation.
The main risk in parking lots is fire. However, apart from the danger it represents for Indigo Group’s employees and customers, it can also be a significant source of pollution if it is not extinguished in time (smoke, dirty water, unusable vehicles). For this reason, in all countries where Indigo Group operates, the Group strictly complies with applicable fire safety regulations. In addition, it has set up fire safety prevention and training plans for its employees, has emergency and evacuation plans and conducts simulations with local Fire Brigades.
Some of the Group’s subsidiaries have decided to implement an ISO 14001 environmental certification procedure in order to validate their progress in this area.
For example, the British, the Spanish and the French entities Sepadef, which operate the car parks in the La Défense sector, have been certified to ISO 14001 environmental standards.
In Colombia, through its subsidiary City Parking, the Group has also undertaken a process to compensate for its carbon emissions and has chosen to take over 2.1 hectares of primary forest in the Puerto Gaitán in central Colombia. This voluntary approach also helps to avoid deforestation, protect biodiversity and protect the region’s water resources. In addition, City Parking has obtained the Social Responsibility certification from Fenalco Solidario with the level “Sustained approach and continuous improvement”.
Since construction and operation of car parks is mostly carried out in in urban areas, Indigo Group is therefore only marginally concerned by biodiversity aspects. However, in order to improve understanding and anticipation of the preservation of flora and fauna at proposed car park sites, the Group has trained its project managers in biodiversity issues.
Include in the scope of our future Non-Financial Performance Report countries in which the Group can take the initiative to voluntarily implement significant environmental measures.