GL events Audiovisual initiated a process in 2016 to obtain the Prestadd label. Awarded by the industry federation Syn-
pase , this label recognises companies for initiatives in favour of sustainable development over a period of several years and their ongoing adaptation. GL events Audiovisual thus regularly renews its product ranges and today has for example around 50 LED lighting product references. COP 22 accordingly provided an opportunity to test autonomous photovoltaic-powered outdoor light- ing. A product intelligence team furthermore ensures that we remain at the forefront of innovation.
IMPROVING WASTE MANAGEMENT
Waste management, a central environmental concern of the Group in light of its activities. GL events Venues, which manages a network of 40 sites around the world, produces approximately 67% of the volume of waste generated by the Group.
Its waste management policy is focused on two lines of action: waste separation and recovery procedures that are gradually being implemented, including those outside the boundary of ISO 14001 certification. GL events Live generates 33% of the volume of waste pro- duced by the Group. Operational action plans are gradually being implemented.
A specific action plan for UEFA 2016 European Football Championship is contributing to remarkable waste separation performances
for an undertaking of this magnitude. A complete system was deployed: training teams, identification of new chan- nels, collaboration with an eco-agency, waste datasheets, container security services. Of the 470 tons of waste pro- duced, nearly 60 % were recycled. 9 types of waste are sorted at the site: furniture through a specialised channel, carpeting, fabrics (brushed cotton) aluminium, as well as several different types of signage media.
In addition to work carried out with the conventional ser- vice providers, pilot initiatives have also been launched with companies specialised in processing a particular waste category. These measures extend the lifespan of a given material or give it a new life, thus exemplifying the full meaning of the notion of circular economy. Tests were conducted in 2016 on the following materials : fabric-based signage, brushed cotton, manufactured furniture and bio- waste.
In addition to its function as a venue for host- ing events, Maison de la Mutualité in Paris also has a significant catering activity with
the restaurant Terroir Parisien and kitchen facilities for event catering services. With the assistance of a spe- cialised service provider, the venue adopted a system for sorting food waste in early 2016. The teams are supported and trained by this service provider. In 2016, more than 25 tonnes of biowaste are recovered from composting or methanisation platforms.
ACHIEVING ENERGY EFFICIENCIES
Heating venues to receive the public in the winter, air-conditioning in the summer, lighting: energy is a major environmental issue in the event industry sector. In response, GL events has taken several measures for the optimisation or gradual renewal of equipment, combined with raising staff awareness about good practices.
Several sites have installed LED lighting sources, which consume less energy and have a longer life-span, thus reducing maintenance operations.
Energy efficiency is a major priority for GL events, par- ticularly for the Venues division which accounts for 90% of energy consumption of the consolidated reporting bound- ary. Energy consumption efficiencies are achieved by activating three levers: renewing equipment, optimising the management of existing equipment, influencing behaviour.
For the Group s event venues, LED lighting is adopted as soon as possible during relamping. Equipment renewal also concerns the rental equipment stock. GL events Audiovisual, the subsidiary specialised in providing audio-visual solutions, has a product catalogue of 50 LED references and is continuing to gradually invest in replacing its conventional spotlight racks with LED light- ing racks.
Optimising equipment is a major priority for progress when one considers the number of factors that can impact energy consumption (business intermittently, type of event, num- ber of visitors, whether, etc.).
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