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.
Reduction in CO₂ emissions for the Office Property Investment Division between 2015 and 2021
Proportion of new construction projects of the Healthcare Property Investment Division with a floor area of over 4,000 sq.m having obtained environmental certification with a minimum rating of Very Good or its equivalent
Proportion of business parks with a net positive impact on biodiversity
Icade is actively involved in reducing its CO₂ emissions and has made it a priority. For example, it has made new commitments for its three divisions to achieve a 1.5°C pathway. To support this goal, Icade has put in place a medium-term investment plan totalling €150 million. To learn more, see the infographic.
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.
For example, Icade manages biodiversity in its business parks through biodiversity performance contracts signed with CDC Biodiversité. Under these contracts, indicators have been created to best monitor animal and plant life, landscape maintenance, etc. in the business parks. In addition, property development projects are assessed both pre-project and post-project in order to improve their impact on biodiversity. Lastly, Icade Promotion’s At Home Naturally housing solution incorporates both the notion of promoting nature in cities and meeting the challenges of revitalising urban biodiversity, through two concepts: Jardin by Icade which promotes well-being and social interaction while preserving the occupants’ privacy and Symbiose by Icade which provides each prospective homeowner with access to a private green space.
Icade has partnered with Egis to launch Cycle Up, the first digital platform dedicated to the reuse of building materials available to participants from across the construction industry.
For its existing assets, Icade has also put in place waste sorting units, a collection scheme for used objects and solutions to reduce and better manage water consumption. The different divisions are committed to the reuse of building materials for demolitions, renovations and refurbishments. Lastly, Icade educates and informs its customers about best practices with respect to waste management and water consumption through green lease committees that it was the first to introduce.
To further reduce consumption, Vertuo—created in 2018 at Urban Odyssey, Icade’s start-up studio—has designed street furniture combined with planters featuring an autonomous rainwater collection system.
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.
In 2021, Icade launched the “Bycycle Initiative, the Bicycle Booster” designed to promote bike commuting in cities by creating suitable parking facilities both in the offices it operates and in the housing it builds.