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Sustainable development

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.


WASTE MANAGEMENT

  • 770 tonnes of annual waste to be recycled (volume reduction by compacting and selective sorting already in place);
  • Implementation of eco-gestures on a daily basis: collection and recycling of office waste.
  • Awareness and involvement of partners and sub-concessionaires.

ENERGY AND WATER MANAGEMENT

  • Drafting of a carbon assessment;
  • Replacement of globes with low-energy consumption alternatives;
  • Use of a software management system dedicated to monitoring energy consumption;
  • Suppression of a refrigeration system for waste water in 2005-6;
  • Green electricity contract signed (100% of energy provided by renewable energy sources).

COMMERCIAL SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT OF BUSINESS

  • Drafting of an accessibility audit for handicapped persons;
  • Sustainability and awareness raising of visitors;
  • Project for assisted support tours designed for handicapped persons;
  • Tourism and handicap accreditation;
  • Organic and free trade product offering in progress.

GOVERNANCE AND SOCIAL POLICY

  • Diversity / coeducation, placement of seniors and persons with special needs;
  • Parity / equality: towards accreditation;
  • Drafting of a company travel plan;
  • Implementation of a social barometer;
  • Capitalise on human capital: 300 employees, 32 nationalities, varied skills sets, 5 sub-concessionaires, 8 sub-occupants…

THE ORGANISATION AND COORDINATION OF THE APPROACH

  • Sustainable Development Charter;
  • A sustainable development advisor within each management team;
  • Consultation and involvement of personnel: action groups comprised of collaborators and partners;
  • Internal and external communication tools;
  • Annual report and bi-annual evaluation;
  • On the path of good practices, good reflexes.
 
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