Respect for the Environment at the Digital Age

Ensuring reliability of environmental reporting, considering the environmental issues of digital technologies, and better controlling energy consumption which make up for the majority of the group’s CO2 emissions : these are the focus areas of Vivendi’s approach to environmental responsibility, even though the group operates in business areas where exposure to environmental risk is relatively low.


Main focus of the area for action

  • Better assess our environmental impact
    •  Better grasp the environment footprint of digital technologies
    • Enhance reliability of reporting
    •  Carry on the certification approach
  • Control direct and indirect energy consumption
    • Improve the management of the energy consumption of facilities
    • Continue to use renewable energy sources
    • Optimize the use of raw materials in the manufacture and the use of products
    • Valuate electronic and electric equipment waste
    • Improve monitoring of our CO2 emissions

Useful Links

Group GHG Report France (Extract from 2012 CSR Detailed Report)

Some examples  of initiatives and best practices


  • The group’s business units are offering their customers an ever-increasing range of creative digital content and high-speed access services. In this context, a better grasp of the environmental footprint of the digital world is needed. At the end of 2013, the CSR department set up a committee to deal with the topic of “Energy consumption in information and communications technologies (ICTs).” Bringing together the legal and technical officers of Universal Music France, Canal+ and Vivendi’s headquarters, as well as a sociologist and an expert from the Audiovisual and Telecommunications Institute in Europe (IDATE. In order to examine this little explored topic in greater depth, in 2014 a working group was set up and has held two working sessions. This has enabled Vivendi to make an initial assessment of the status of its digital supply chain at Universal Music and Studiocanal, in order to assess its impact and determine what room existed for initiatives in this area. The group hopes initially to establish measurement indicators with its main suppliers. Following that, Vivendi plans to concentrate on its content distribution chain.
  • Committing to a certification processallows the company to evaluate, structure and report on its environmental policy, and also to meet with its employees and other stakeholders to discuss common objectives. Several of the group’s sites and head offices have been involved in environmental certification processes for a number of years.

    Registration of Vivendi’s headquarters as part of the EU’s Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS regulations) with the French Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy was maintained, in accordance with an annual follow-up audit. EMAS is a management tool for Vivendi’s headquarters. Decisions on initiatives to reduce impacts on the environment are made by the “Green Team” Committee. This committee, which is led by an EMAS coordinator, brings together approximately ten members from different departments: administrative services, IT support, human resources, finance, communications, CSR, and internal audit, as well as the service provider in charge of maintenance for the site. The strength of the Committee lies in the motivation and expertise of its members.  An action plan is developed and followed up by the Green Team in order to achieve the HQ’s environmental objectives: for the period 2015/2017, these objectives include the reduction of CO2 emissions related to business travel (-20 % compared to 2009) and a better control of energy consumption ( -10% of electricity consumption and -5% of steam consumption compared to 2014). 

 Canal+ Group

  • The site where all the Canal+ Group’s free channels are located is certified BREEAM (BRE Environmental Assessment Method), the world’s most widely used method of assessing the environmental performance of buildings.
  • Special attention has been paid to air-conditioning as a source of high electricity consumption. The facility comprising all the free channels of Canal+ Group is equipped with free cooling generators that use air from outdoors to cool film sets and equipment, leading to energy savings of 13% a year, the equivalent of 100 tons of CO2. More work has been done to improve the insulation of buildings by Canal+ Overseas (a subsidiary of Canal+ Group in charge of international affairs and the French overseas departments and territories), helping to reduce energy consumption through air conditioning.
  • Some subsidiaries of Canal+ Group are also working on the diversification of their sources of electrical supply, in particular through the purchase of electrical energy from hydropower sources in Asia and from photovoltaic energy in Africa. In New Caledonia, Canal+ Group installed a photovoltaic panel on the roof of its building. In Vietnam, 48% of the electrical energy purchased is hydro-energy.
  •  In France, Canal+ Group is continuing its efforts to replace its vehicles with greener vehicles, which has enabled it to reduce its CO2 emissions by 30 g/km per vehicle over the past five years. Moreover, Canal+ has introduced an electric shuttle to enable employees to circulate between the Issy-les-Moulineaux and the Boulogne-Billancourt facilities. The employees receive training in eco-friendly behavior in a number of the Canal+ Group’s subsidiaries in Poland and Asia.

  • The new models of set-top boxes placed on the market include environmental criteria in the design which have made it possible to reduce the amount of plastic used. This accounts for the reduction in consumption at Canal+ Group. Improvements were also made in cardboard packaging, resulting in a reduction of approximately 15% in the amount used.

    Digital development is making it possible to significantly limit the use of raw materials in the manufacture of content production media.

Universal Music Group

  • In 2014, six energy assessments were carried out by UMG. They involved UMG’s five main facilities in the United Kingdom and one in Poland. The assessments on UMG’s four main facilities in the United Kingdom were conducted by the leading commercial real estate services firm, CBRE (CB Richard Ellis). These assessments led to a detailed energy diagnostic with a view to investment during 2015 to reduce the energy imprint of those buildings.
  • This year, the headquarters of Universal Music Group in Santa Monica received the Energy Star certification issued by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for the eighth time. This distinction is reserved for top-ranking businesses recognized for their energy performance at national level. The Green Business certification was also renewed by the city of Santa Monica.
  •  In order to control the forms of energy consumption, some of the buildings housing UMG offices located in South America and Asia use low-reflection windows to reduce the indoor temperature and limit the use of air conditioning. A number of UMG facilities have also actively sought to reduce their electricity consumption by installing LED technology to replace conventional lighting, and use automatic motion detection systems or timers to light offices during working hours only.

  • At some UMG facilities, more than 70% of the electricity consumed comes from renewable sources. as part of an effort to offset energy, Universal Music France has agreed to diversify its sources of electrical supply by purchasing electricity from renewable sources.

  • UMG in Sweden has invested in electric vehicles, which are provided to its employees for business travel. UMG in California has included resources in its 2015 budget to install two recharging stations for electric or hybrid vehicles.