Naval Energies shares the vision and beliefs of the United Nations

Naval Energies shares the vision and beliefs of the United Nations expressed in the Sustainable Development Goals and conveyed by the Paris COP 21 Agreement, which invites the planet’s economic and state players to “combat climate change”, “ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all”, and to “conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development”.
In addition, through the Solar Impulse Efficient Solution label, Naval Energies helps to achieve certain sustainable development objectives adopted by the United Nations General Assembly for 2030.

Naval Energies’ floater for offshore wind turbines and OTEC solution were awarded the “Solar Impulse Efficient Solution label

Following an evaluation carried out by independent external experts, the Naval Energies floating unit and its Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion solution join the #1000solutions challenge, an initiative of the Solar Impulse Foundation to select solutions that meet high standards in terms of profitability and sustainability, and to present them to decision-makers in order to speed up their implementation. Three criteria are taken into account to obtain this label: the solution’s technological feasibility, its profitability, and the environmental and socio-economic benefits it provides.

Proactive involvement of Naval Energies in its national and international ecosystem

In France, Naval Energies has contributed to the debate on the Multiannual Energy Plan, by participating in the online consultation of the National Commission for Public Debate and in round tables.

In Europe, Naval Energies is involved in projects under the Green Deal, which aims to make Europe the first climate-neutral continent by 2050. The road map seeks to turn climate and environmental challenges into opportunities, and to support innovation projects that contribute to this new growth strategy for a sustainable European economy and a just and inclusive transition for all.

Naval Energies has won several European R&D projects, for example for Simbiose, Innotex, or Marewind, having demonstrated: 

  • the technological relevance of the solutions proposed,
  • the existence of a real roadmap to control the increase in maturity (TRL – Technology Readiness Level, MRL – Manufacturing Readiness Level, and/or SRL – Software Readiness level), and
  • a significant and concrete contribution to the 6 priorities of the European Commission, which themselves reflect the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted in 2015 as part of the United Nations sustainable development programme.

Naval Energies systematically deploys Significant Environmental Aspects analyses on its operations and installations so that it can integrate the Avoid Reduce Offset doctrine as early as possible, right from the design of the company’s products and services.

Floating wind turbines: an environmentally friendly technology

The entire floating wind-powered generating system depends on its own energy production, and does not therefore require fossil fuels such as coal, oil or gas.

Furthermore, floating wind turbines have a limited impact in terms of the anchor’s footprint compared to the foundations of fixed sea wind turbines.

The carbon cost compensation time associated with the manufacture of the floating system is less than one year.

Lastly, the floater is mostly made up of recyclable materials such as steel, so that it can be integrated into a circular economy circuit.

Naval Energies is a partner of small island developing states

Naval Energies joined forces with the United Nations on 28 September 2019 when it signed the memorandum of understanding with SIDS DOCK (intergovernmental organisation that brings together the member states of the Alliance of Small Island Developing States, under the aegis of the UN and the World Bank) in order to support the development of deep sea conversion projects and floating wind turbine projects in small islands, and contribute to the objective of transforming these countries into low-carbon economies to adapt to climate change.

The construction of onshore power plants that convert deep sea water should offer the islands a unique combination of renewable electricity, air conditioning, fresh water and aquaculture, and address the issue of the link between energy, water and waste. The production of renewable electricity using an offshore floating wind turbine will power the islands’ closed grid with a reliable new source of renewable energy, and without any land pressure.

Naval Energies engaged in scientific research in Chile

Naval Energies has a subsidiary in Chile, Energia Marina, dedicated to marine renewable energy. In October 2019, it celebrated the success of the first phase of the MERIC scientific research project for the development of marine renewable energy, with CORFO and its academic partners: the Pontifica Universidad Católica de Chile and the Universidad Austral de Chile.

Energia Marina is currently engaged in phase 2 of the MERIC project and has confirmed its positioning in Chile and South America as a key player in interdisciplinary scientific research applied to marine renewable energy. The Naval Energies subsidiary is extending its partnerships with Chilean universities, technology developers (SME, Orbital, Minesto), key players in the sector (EMEC, Wavec, Tecnalia, Aquatera, PUC, etc.) and, in January 2020, took part in the first session of the Pan-American Marine Energy Conference (PAMEC). On 7 October 2020, at the REDMAD summit, it was also recognised, in the scope of its implementation of the MERIC project, as one of the companies that promotes gender equality and careers in Science Technologies, Engineering & Mathematics.

Corporate social responsibility

In accordance with UN SDG 5, Naval Energies is attentive and committed to the issue of human rights, and raises the awareness of all its staff regarding ethical practices, disability and the inclusion of minorities in the company.

Special attention is also paid to training on compliance, and the internal deployment of the anti-corruption and anti-fraud system, pursuant to France’s Sapin laws.

The policies and requirement level defined by Naval Energies in terms of quality, safety, environment, ethics and compliance guide the entire company and its employees, and are deployed on all the company’s activities and in all its relations with its stakeholders, both internally and externally. The choice of partners and suppliers takes into account their compatibility with these Naval Energies requirements, and the qualification process integrates the corporate social responsibility and compliance criteria.

Naval Energies, a company that upholds fairness

The Gender Equality Index, which came into force one year ago for companies with more than 1,000 employees, and in 2020 for companies with more than 50 employees, is a thermometer of professional equality. This index allows each structure to ensure that gender equality is respected.

For the first year in which the index was calculated, Naval Energies obtained a score of 95/100. This year, the score improved again and reached 99/100 !

This excellent result demonstrates good management of gender equality in the company.

Our vision: dialogue, transparency, sharing

Listening to and respecting stakeholders lies at the heart of all our projects.

Throughout the chain, from the consultation, the definition of the safety systems and the securing of the necessary authorisations through to the design and implementation of the project, we are attentive to all the stakeholders involved, and committed to our customers and partners to facilitate the communication of information on the project’s state of progress. Stakeholders thus become key to the project’s success: they contribute to the acceptability of the project and improve its level of environmental suitability.

Suppliers, the cornerstone of responsible performance

In all its projects, Naval Energies builds strong and sustainable relationships with its partners, suppliers and subcontractors, respectful of the interests of each party and of the CSR guidelines that form the basis of our action in terms of governance, environmental responsibility, human rights and social relations.

Our purchasing policy embodies this vision and defines all relations with our partners and suppliers, who commit to unfailingly comply with the CSR principles in a spirit of responsible and mutually beneficial sharing, to jointly build sustainable success.