Icade is taking action to promote environmental transition and is making the fight to stop climate change and preserve biodiversity its priority. A pioneering figure in sustainable property, Icade implements innovative solutions to reduce all of its activites’ energy consumption, resource requirements and impact on nature.
Reduction in carbon intensity (in kg CO₂/sq.m.) of the Commercial Property Division between 2019 and 2022
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 new buildings 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 carbon pathway validated by the Science Based Target initiative (SBTi). To support this goal, Icade has put in place a 2022-2026 investment plan totalling €180 million. To learn more, see the infographic.
Icade works to protect biodiversity and soils using a range of measures and actions designed to bring nature back to the city via its divisions. This proactive approach meets both the requirements of local authorities and the expectations of Icade's customers in terms of making tangible improvements to their surroundings and aiming to contribute the national objective of Zero Net Artificialization.
For example, Icade manages the urban rewilding of its business parks through biodiversity performance contracts signed with CDC Biodiversité that allows the measurement and improvement of indicators on animal and plant life, soil quality, landscape maintenance and park user awareness.
Real estate development operations are assessed by an ecological diagnosis which measures in particular the ratio of urban rewilding both pre-project and post-project. Icade Promotion’s At Home Naturally housing solution also incorporates notions of promoting nature in cities through two concepts: Jardin by Icade which promotes well-being and social interaction while preserving the occupants’ privacy and Symbiose by Icade which provides access to a private green space.
As part of its Purpose, Icade is committed to planting one tree per resident and to offering each residential buyer access to an individual or shared outdoor 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. Various modules have been deployed in the Parc des Portes de Paris and are deployed in Icade Promotion operations through the Symbiose offer.
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.