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

-29 %

Proportion of new buildings with a net positive impact on biodiversity

63 %

Our commitments

  • A carbon pathway aligned 1.5°C

    Icade is actively involved in reducing its CO₂ emissions and has made it a priority. For example, it has made new commitments for its two 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 €100 million. To learn more, see the infographic.

  • Promoting biodiversity and nature in cities

    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.

  • Integrating the principles of a circular economy into products and services

    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.

  • 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.  

    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.


Les Messageries, an innovative program for quality of life

In the 12th arrondissement of Paris, Icade Promotion was chosen by Espaces Ferroviaires to carry out a mixed program of new housing and shops on two lots in Messageries, a district resulting from the urban transformation of a 6-hectare railway wasteland. Sober and compact buildings, extensive use of biosourced materials, wooden structure, upgradable housing, generous outdoor spaces and even the provision of electric vehicles make the project developed by Icade Promotion a demonstrator and exemplary project in terms of low carbon and quality of life. By being part of the DNA of the future low-carbon district of Les Messageries, the program meets the ambitious objectives set by the developer in terms of architectural quality and use, scalability of housing, but also high environmental performance.


Nature 2050: restoring the most fragile ecosystems

Based on protecting and adapting particularly vulnerable ecosystems and natural habitats to climate change, this programme currently supports 65 projects covering over 1090 hectares. Icade has demonstrated its commitment to Nature 2050 by funding the restoration and preservation of one sq.m of natural habitat for each sq.m of land developed. As a result, it has funded the restoration and preservation of over 206,000 sq.m of natural habitat since 2016.


Cycle Up: a digital platform dedicated to the reuse of building materials

Launched by Icade and Egis, this platform dedicated to the reuse of building materials involves participants from across the industry. Since its launch in 2018, CYCLE UP’s 2,844 transactions have made it possible to avoid more than 5,073 tonnes of waste (including 63 tonnes from projects led by Icade), cut CO₂ emissions by 6,920 tonnes. Cycle Up also promotes professional integration through its partnership with Ares, a professional integration specialist responsible for transporting, selectively removing and warehousing building materials.


« 58 Victor Hugo » in Neuilly sur Seine (92) - AfterWork by Icade, turning old into new

“AfterWork, by Icade” is a redevelopment solution for office assets spearheaded by a dedicated team at Icade Promotion. It is intended for owners, investors and local authorities. It benefits from across-the-board expertise and interactive decision-making tools that enable it to assess all the conversion scenarios, taking into account the carbon footprint and the ambitious objectives of Éco-énergie tertiaire, France’s energy efficiency initiative for service sector properties. This future residential building, formerly a 16,000 m² hotel, will be restructured into 166 housing units, including 50 social housing units. This project aims for a BBC Effinergie renovation label on the existing part.

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Daphné Millet

CSR Director