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

Some examples  of initiatives and best practices

  • Better assess our environmental impact  To gain a better understanding of the direct and indirect environmental impacts of a media group’s value chain, Vivendi completed a lifecycle analysis of its content offers. The group compared the environmental performance (CO2 emissions, water and energy consumption) of electronic content offers (downloads and streaming) with the environmental performance of physical content offers (CD and DVD).Find out more
  • Carry on the certification approachCommitting to a certification process allows 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. Vivendi’s headquarters renewed its EMAS (Eco-Management and Audit Scheme) registration with the Ministry of the Environment, the Energy and the Sea, and defi ned a new action plan. For the 2015-2017 period, these goals focus, among other things, on reduction of the CO2 emissions related to business travel (-20% compared to the 2009 level) and on control of energy consumption (10% reduction in electricity consumption and 5% drop in steam consumption compared to 2014).In 2015, Universal Music UK (five sites) and Abbey Road Studios joined the Creative Industry Green Community after being awarded a “one star award”. UMG UK is the fi rst record company and Abbey Road is the first music recording studio to receive this award. Beginning in 2015, these two entities made a commitment to implementing a policy to reduce their carbon footprint , and they have continued their efforts to win the “two star award”.

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  • Control direct and indirect energy consumptionIn 2015, Universal Music France, Canal+ and Studiocanal finalized the measurement of the energy impacts of their operations with their suppliers and defi ned a series of criteria intended to report their suppliers’ environmental performance when issuing calls for tenders. In addition, Vivendi’s business units carried on their efforts to improve infrastructure and equipment efficiency.  IT equipment, which contributes signifi cantly to energy consumption, is given special consideration. Air conditioning systems, which are very high energy consumers, are also monitored carefully.The group’s subsidiaries, particularly Canal+ Group, must offer their customers the best performing equipment to give them an optimal user experience. The processing of used set-top boxes is therefore taken into account to extend the life of the equipment or to recycle it through a recycling stream.

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