Since January 2009, all the Group’s European sites have received the ISO 14001
certification—the strictest environmental management standard. But Eurocopter wants
to go further than the standard requires by introducing the “green site” concept.
"We’re determined to make our industrial sites greener
and have defined precise guidelines to do so,” explains
Project Manager Philip Gottschalk. Seven areas of
action have been identified: Enhancing the energy performance
of sites, using environmentally neutral materials, reducing use of
the heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems, using water
sparingly, creating more green spaces, striving for zero waste and
designing environmentally friendly buildings.
Tenders have been requested to construct new buildings at
Eurocopter’s subsidiaries in Brazil, Malaysia and Singapore in line
with the above recommendations.
Goals and Concrete Actions
Enhancing energy performance: Reducing the consumption of
fossil energy by improving building insulation and developing the
use of alternative sources of energy (geothermal energy).
Using environmentally neutral and safe materials: Introducing
non-toxic materials, and locally-sourced materials to minimize the
pollution caused by their transport.
Stabilizing indoor temperature: Improving window insulation
or installing roofs covered in plants.
Using water sparingly: Avoiding any waste of this precious
resource, and reducing the burden on the community, by using
rainwater for everything apart from drinking water.
Sustainable plant management: Offsetting the plant’s environmental
footprint by creating green spaces, for example, or by prioritizing
low consumption cars when allocating parking spaces.
Striving for zero waste: Using recycled waste, for example, in
Designing environmentally-friendly buildings: Choosing construction
sites close to public transport, or choosing the construction
company according to “green” criteria.