Innovative ideas for more effective protection

Like Eiffage, APRR believes that the challenges facing the living world and the environment are best addressed by considering every link in the chain formed by the Group’s activities, including network construction and maintenance, customer service and improvements in energy performance. 
Implementing the environmental protection policy accounts for 12% of the cost of a new motorway. 
Protecting the environment and reducing the impact of our activities are key goals of all APRR projects.

The Eiffage all-round approach

Environmental challenges are addressed at project level by considering every link in the chain formed by Eiffage’s activities. 

For APRR, this policy is implemented with particular focus in four areas:
  • Risk prevention and management: training for operational personnel, employee awareness raising and motivation, impact measurement, thematic action plan development
  • Deployment of environmentally friendly solutions: pooled expertise and experience feedback, environmental performance assessments 
  • R&D and techniques to "Build Differently": planning for the effects of climate change (Phosphore research centre), development of specific expertise (in biodiversity protection, reducing carbon impacts, etc.), promotion of and support for innovation
  • Energy performance: preferential use of renewable energy-related techniques, optimisation of the energy performance of operational activities.

Action against pollution

APRR combats noise and pollution:
  • renovation of the noise-reduction walls along the A41 Nord motorway between Aix-les-Bains and Annecy
  • in 2014, half of weedkiller use replaced by mechanical weed removal and grazing at motorway areas
  • awareness-raising learning trails for customers at motorway areas and  recycling awareness initiatives
APRR is transforming its areas into environmentally sound service areas. A multi-year programme to install "recycling points" has been launched, to promote and encourage good citizenship
The motorway areas and toll stations in the APRR network provide a waste sorting service comparable to those of the communities through which it passes, organised with different containers for glass, plastic and residual domestic waste.

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