Icade is taking action to promote environmental transition and is making the fight to stop climate change and preserve natural resources its priority. A pioneering figure in sustainable property, Icade implements innovative solutions to reduce all of its assets’ energy consumption, resource requirements and impact on biodiversity.

The reduction in CO2 emissions from service properties between 2011 and 2018

-34 %

The percentage of new healthcare property projects of over 10,000 m² to be HQE-certified


The percentage of new builds for which a biodiversity assessment is performed


The percentage of managed waste from service properties that is recycled or reused


The percentage of new projects that are located less than five minutes’ walk from public transport


Our commitments

  • Contributing to the fight against climate change

    Icade is taking action and making carbon reduction a priority. In accordance with the French low-carbon strategy for the building sector, Icade has made new CSR commitments in keeping with a +2°C or even +1.5°C trajectory. Icade is working to reduce its carbon footprint and to offer assets that are resilient to the consequences of climate change. As part of this, it has implemented an action plan with a budget of €50 million, whose aims include reducing the carbon intensity of its assets by 45% between 2015 and 2025. 

     To do so, Icade is replacing the heating, cooling and lighting equipment in its properties with more energy-efficient appliances. It is increasing the proportion of renewable energy in its energy mix and developing the use of low-carbon construction materials such as wood. Finally, Icade supports its tenants through green lease committees and its operators via energy performance contracts.

  • Promoting biodiversity as a source of appeal

    Icade works to protect biodiversity using a range of measures designed to reintegrate nature into cities via its Service Properties, Healthcare Properties and Development divisions. This proactive approach meets both the requirements of local authorities and the expectations of its customers in terms of making tangible improvements to their surroundings. 

    Since 2016, Icade has been managing biodiversity at its business parks through biodiversity performance contracts with CDC Biodiversité. As part of these contracts, indicators such as levels of fauna and flora and management of green spaces are measured and improved. Icade also invests heavily in the development of urban farming. In 2017, it opened one of the largest urban farms in France:  Farmhouse Aubervilliers – a 1000 m2 vertical market garden and aquaponic farm at the Portes de Paris business park. Finally, for all development projects, a biodiversity study is always carried out. Several projects have been awarded BiodiverCity status, such as the restoration of the Ateliers Vaugirard (Paris 15th arrondissement), which includes plans for a market gardening farm on the roof and almost 1,000 m² of planted surface area. 

  • Incorporating the principles of the circular economy into our offering

    In 2018, Icade teamed up with Egis to launch Cycle Up, the first digital platform to help reuse site materials, and which is open to the entire property sector.

    Icade also installs sorting centres and collection points for used objects at its properties, as well as water management and consumption reduction solutions. It raises its customers’ awareness of best practice in terms of waste management and water consumption via green lease committees – another area in which Icade was a pioneer.

  • Innovating to achieve sustainable construction

    The construction stage of buildings now accounts for the majority of a building’s CO2 emissions over a period of 50 years. To reduce its carbon footprint as far upstream as possible, Icade is implementing life cycle analyses and uses sustainable and biosourced materials. 

     Icade actively contributes to research and collective discussions in this area as part of organisations that focus on low-carbon buildings, such as ADIVbois and BBCA. Its projects act as pilot schemes to help establish new certifications and labels, such as E+C- (energy positive, carbon-reduction), BBCA (low-carbon building), and BiodiverCity. Icade also pilots smart building labels such as R2S (Ready to Service) and quality of life at work (OsmoZ). 

  • Developing eco-mobility solutions

    In France, 70% of commuter journeys are made by car. A key player in service and residential properties, Icade has chosen to make sustainable mobility into an asset for its customers. Its buildings are located near public transport networks, and it rolls out innovative sustainable mobility solutions that improve users’ comfort: privately-owned public transport (a private fleet of 100% electric buses and electric river shuttles in business parks), charging points for electric vehicles, car-sharing, car-pooling and bike-sharing solutions, and more.  


Nature 2050: restoring the most fragile ecosystems

This programme, which is based on protecting particularly fragile ecosystems and natural spaces and helping them adapt to climate change, currently supports 26 projects covering a total of 600 hectares. Icade is stepping up its involvement in Nature 2050 by funding and maintaining 1 m² of natural space for every 1 m² of construction, with a total of 33,225 m² restored in 2018.


Cycle Up, a digital platform for reusing materials

Launched in 2018 by Icade and Egis, this re-use platform is aimed at all sector stakeholders. In just one year, 2500 products sold via Cycle Up have eliminated the production of 30 tonnes of waste (200 tonnes of CO2) and have created 72 hours of supported employment.


Airlab, a driver of improvement for air quality

A partner of Airparif, the organisation responsible for monitoring air quality in Ile-de-France, Icade is also one of the founding members of Airlab. As part of this, it works with Veolia to test the reliability of the latest generation of micro-sensors designed to measure and control indoor air quality.


Origine, an exemplary building

Located in Nanterre, Origine is a wood and concrete project, scheduled to be handed over in 2020. A life cycle analysis has been performed, and the building has ambitious aims in terms of certification and labelling: HQE Excellent, LEED Gold, BREEAM Excellent, WELL Core and Shell Silver, E+C- level E2C2, BiodiverCity and WiredScore Platinum.


Commitment to sustainable finance

Icade issued its first green bond for a total of €600 million in September 2017. With the aim of promoting sustainable finance and playing an active role in developing standards and regulations, in January 2019, Icade set up the Corporate Forum on Sustainable Finance alongside 15 other European issuers of green bonds.
Icade was ranked at the head of the global top ten for the quality of its green bond reporting by the Climate Bonds Initiative in its March 2019 report entitled “Post-issuance Reporting in the Green Bond Market”.


Daphné Millet

CSR Director