The Eiffel Tower
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Bearing witness to engineering know-how and practices at the end of the XIXth century, the Eiffel Tower has weathered decades to establish itself as a symbol of modernity. A universal image of a radiant Paris, with its rich past and turned towards the future, the monument could only undertake – naturally and resolutely – to control its impact on the environment whilst still ensuring its durability.
Hosting 7 million visitors per year, the Tower is a meeting place of nations, a mixing of cultures. As such, SETE needs to simultaneously perpetuate the symbol of the Eiffel Tower, manage its reputation, provide a shining example and meet the expectations of the city of Paris and those - still emerging - of Parisians and visitors.
Through the adoption of the Climate Plan and the preparation of its Agenda 21, the city of Paris is taking action and showing its commitment. The Charter of Public-Private Companies of the city of Paris, favouring sustainable development, and signed by the Eiffel Tower’s operating company in 2007, is a significant sign of this. Following this signature, SETE has integrated sustainable development into its strategy and concrete practices. Thus, from 2008, regarding public service tasks and within the framework of its company project, SETE wishes to go further and respond to the legitimate expectations of all its committed supporters and partners (employees, visitors, the city of Paris, sub-concessionaires etc.), to respond more efficiently to the triple objective of economic progress, social equity and protection of the environment.
Over and above concrete actions, everyone’s commitment to the topic of sustainable development requires new symbols; the Eiffel Tower must play its role and carry the message of sustainable development.
SETE is implementing a strategy for sustainable development applied to the Eiffel Tower, the result of a highly participative approach, which has allowed for the drafting of an action plan across five priorities.
ENERGY AND WATER MANAGEMENT
COMMERCIAL SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT OF BUSINESS
GOVERNANCE AND SOCIAL POLICY
THE ORGANISATION AND COORDINATION OF THE APPROACH