Regulations, such as the one on the carbon footprint accounting or energy audits, force us to question our preconceptions, become curious, and make the right decisions. Yet, our biggest difficulty on the issue of CSR, is to reach 400 agencies with small teams with multiple responsibilities. It is truly an obstacle course. There are plenty of simple and pragmatic things to do.
For this reason, it is imperative to find the right partners who will allow us to go much further in our reflections and will allow us to implement actions that sustain over time.
There are many expectations and needs for team members. By working together and providing simple and pragmatic solutions, a sustainable ecosystem can be put into place.»
Audrey Miclard, CSR-Quality Manager
Carbon Footprint Management
The carbon footprint, also known as the ecological footprint, is the pressure exerted by man on nature through his activities. It is expressed in terms of greenhouse gas emissions (GHG). It is therefore incumbent on each company to reduce its consumption of water and energy, to sort and recycle its waste, and to reduce road freight movements. It is the carbon footprint management that makes it possible to draw a situational analysis and to measure the results of the actions carried out.
A first carbon footprint analysis, carried out in 2012, made us aware of our level of progress. A concrete action plan containing references to less energy-consuming equipment, shared deliveries, and lower greenhouse gas emissions followed the report. In 2015, a second carbon footprint analysis showed the measures taken had borne their first fruits.
This analysis of greenhouse gas emissions has also made it possible, since 2012, to offer our customers an invoice printout showing the amount of CO2 emitted by their rental unit. This process allows them to estimate the impact of their projects and helps them produce their own carbon footprint analysis.
In order to achieve significant GHG emission reductions, Kiloutou has relied on three areas of improvement:
- Identifying any overconsumption of water, electricity or gas
- Choosing and use energy-efficient materials
- Reducing road freight
Alerteo, an electric usage alert system, was installed on the most energy-consuming agencies. Alerteo allows to monitor the consumption of water, electricity and gas as to identify any overconsumption. Daily monitoring allows immediate adjustments to their usage.
In addition, Kiloutou uses a new Deepki analysis tool to refine the use of its environmental data. The Operations Management and Works Officers can thus improve the knowledge of their assets and reduce the overall energy consumption of their agencies and the associated costs. As a true pilot, Deepki identifies a perimeter of energy savings, targets energy-consuming agencies, sets up an associated action plan along with good-practices reminders, adaptation of subscriptions, etc., to measure its effectiveness.
In 2016, the “Wash Racks” washing areas were tested at the Kiloutou agencies to reduce water consumption linked to equipment cleaning. An innovative ecological system allows 100% of water recycling through a water/oils/solid filter system. This improvement prevents the future contamination of run-offs all while reducing water consumption.
Concerning road freight, as of 2012, the Group has increased the pooling of its heavy-goods vehicle fleet as well as the optimization of deliveries. This combination of actions has resulted in an immediate 40% reduction in GHG emissions, while incurring in lower costs. Guided by common sense and piloted in an efficient manner, the initiative has won the support of customers who use it more than 90%.
The materials have also gone through rigorous analysis in this matter. In addition to the CO2 printouts on invoices, and thanks to its internal tool for the analysis of the equipment’s CO2 impact, Kiloutou has been able to present its clients with a GHG balance sheet of its rentals.
Hazardous Industrial Waste (HIW) and Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Waste (D3E) are a regular ocurrence within the rental company industry, particularly inside the most polluting ones. How can we then ensure their safe disposal as to guarantee the safety and health of our crew as well as the quality of our lands?
French regulation is very strict on this point, which has made it possible to develop effective sorting and recyling mechanisms. In this way, Kiloutou works with two authorized partners to install and put in place sorting systems in its branches.
- Since 2002, SEVIA has been involved in the management and recovery of hazardous waste and used oils linked to mechanical maintenance
- The eco-organism ECOLOGIC manages the collection of electronic waste on behalf of the Group’s agencies since 2015
Waste management stragegies are currently being deployed throughout the network. The different collection points are installed in each group of agencies. Each one of them intended for a specific type of electrical equipment, with regard to its processing flow (screens, refrigerated gasses, small appliances, and bulky equipment).
Beyond the environmental benefits of this approach, these activities have also generated the reorganization of working spaces in the different agencies. The sorting areas, ranging from 3 to 8m2, have been identified, tagged, and secured in order to accompany the desired behavioral change through a clear and logical process. The containers have been designed specifically according to the specific needs depending on whether they are inside or outside the agency. Awarness-raising activities were also carried out to ensure team members understand the impact of their choices. As a result, they now enjoy safer and cleaner working environments.
It is in a way, this movment has represented the birth of a new collective awareness and a more reasonable consumption model. By participating in the recycling of the different components, it is possible to generate new raw materials, such as plastic, precious metals, and ferrous metals, to the benefit of the business. Kiloutou has observed, through its regular collection rotations, that positive habits are being established in a permanent basis within the company.
In 2016, 11 tons of WEEE were processed as well as 291 tons of HIW.
Fuel consumption is expensive and polluting!
Since 2014, Kiloutou has owned a fleet of heavy-load trucks equipped with more energy-efficient engines. The environmental advantages could still be improved through an adapted, more responsible, and more economical driving behaviours.
For example in 2016, two pilot regions involving 69 different divers in Pays de Loire and Sud-Ouest, experimented with two types of trainings designed in three stages:
- A theoretical learning course
- A practical course with a comparative data analysis
- A regular evaluation during the course of its activity
The trainings were accompanied with the installation of new technologies in existing vehicles that allow the recording of changes in driving behavior over time, including engine stopping and engine running times, the frequency of sudden movements, an accelerometer, braking distances, fuel consumption, as well as speeding. These data are then analyzed via an operating platform developed by TomTom Pro.
Starting now, vehicle renewal will incorporate useful measurement tools, such as eco-driving that allows significant and immediate savings of around 5%. This is definitely a profitable change for the planet, which in turn improves the financial health of the company, and therefore the amount of contributions paid to each team member. Finally, it helps extend the life of vehicles and it improves road safety for all drivers.