2 questions to Catherine Papillon,
Why is your company committed to fighting climate change?
At BNP Paribas Real Estate, the climate change topic and its impact on the real estate business is part of our Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) strategy. In fact, in our operations and service offers, we are committed to taking into account the climate change challenges, optimising the environmental footprint of our activities, promoting circular economy and making the environmental quality of our products and services a lever to increase performance both in finance and in use.
That is why, whether in construction, operation or renovation, we offer our customers energy-efficient and environmentally friendly solutions, respectful of the health and well-being of corporate as well as residential real estate users.
BNP Paribas Real Estate is the winner of the “Inventing the Greater Paris Metropolis” contest, as the owner of the 17&CO real estate complex, located in Porte de Saint-Ouen in the 17th arrondissement of Paris. Designed by Hardel + Le Bihan Architects, 17&CO is a 17,900sq m mixed-use project. It is composed of 8,000sq m of offices including a 1,000sq m incubator, a 100-room hotel, a 4,000sq m youth hostel offering co-living, 1,200sq m of shops (mini flea markets, food court, Fablab, etc.), a reversible festive building of 600sq m and a mobility centre with a 500-space public car park.
17& C0 will create the landscape of the Saint-Ouen gate with planted and production spaces on the roof. From an environmental point of view: the NF HQE Sustainable Building 2016 French certification is targeted for the whole project, as well as the BREEAM New Construction British certification for the office building. An ambitious level of energy performance will be targeted with the E+C- label.
What actions did you put in place regarding sustainable development/CSR?
In our different businesses, we develop solutions to anticipate and face environmental issues, but also to meet the new requirements and uses of our clients (investors, companies, individuals, or local communities), and thus to positively contribute to the challenges of climate change and urban transformation.
It is in this context that we support some initiatives in the real estate industry such as the Low Carbon Building Label (BBCA), the French Institute for Building Efficiency (IFPEB), the HQE-French GBC Alliance, or Biodivercity and Circolab, and of course Construction21 and its Green Solutions Awards.
We have also set ambitious goals to reduce CO2 emissions and to increase environmental quality:
In 2019, we will build, with our different businesses and countries, 3 roadmaps: one on reducing greenhouse gas emissions from our activities, the second on biodiversity and the third on circular economy.
European leader in real estate services, BNP Paribas Real Estate covers the entire life cycle of a property: Promotion, Transaction, Consulting, Expertise, Property Management and Investment Management. With 5,400 employees, BNP Paribas Real Estate locally advises owners, tenants, investors and local authorities in Europe, the Middle East and Asia.
BNP Paribas Real Estate, a BNP Paribas Group company, generated €968 million in revenue in 2018.