VINCI, the world's leading construction and concession group, took part in the European Research and Innovation Exhibition, which was held from 5 to 7 June at the Porte de Versailles exhibition centre in Paris. VINCI's four business lines were presented from the viewpoint of innovation around one over-arching theme: "sustainable construction and the urban environment: how to invent the city of tomorrow".
VINCI ConcessionsVINCI Park's future mobility centre at La Défense aims to respond to all the mobility requirements of people using the site by offering a one-stop service covering all transport solutions: private cars, carsharing with the Okigo service, motorbike-taxis, bicycles (free reserved parking spaces), public transport (automatic ticket distributors) and combined transport (paying for parking using the Liber-t motorway transponder).
EUROVIAEurovia invests 70% of its R&D resources in designing innovative products and processes centring around sustainable development. They include: warm mix asphalts that use less energy and generate lower GHG emissions; the NOxer pollution-reducing pavement that neutralises the nitrogen oxides emitted by moving vehicles; the Viagrip high skid-resistance surfacing that halves braking distances, and Recyclovia, a cold-mix in-situ surfacing technique using recycled road materials. Other initiatives include asphalt recycling and reusing demolition materials for new infrastructures.
VINCI EnergiesVINCI Energies business units propose innovative solutions to local authorities for managing road infrastructure, dynamic public lighting and design and maintenance of urban information systems combining video surveillance, traffic lights and variable message panels. They also propose their expertise in energy efficiency for public and private buildings (with implementation of an "energy notebook" in particular), photovoltaic panels and wind turbines, etc.
VINCI Construction: a number of initiatives have led to development of eco-design building techniques through routine use of life cycle analysis (construction, use, deconstruction, recycling, etc.). In 2007, the Equer software was used to help design-build operators develop more environmentally friendly buildings. In 2008, production of an eco-design label by VINCI Construction France will provide a valuable benchmark for buildings generating low CO2 emissions.