Environmental responsibility: Innovating all along our value chain
Rolling out a concrete and effective approach to digital sustainability Sopra Steria applies three digital sustainability principles when implementing its projects: Carbon neutral/"net zero" emissions project teams: raise 1. awareness in order to minimise the environmental footprint of each Sopra Steria project team and its equipment, in line with the carbon neutrality obtained for all of the Group’s business travel, offices and data centres integrated to the "Climate Neutral Now" programme; Sustainable IT: accelerating adoption of digital sustainability, 2. notably by selecting the infrastructure and technologies most closely aligned with clients’ and the Group’s Sustainable Development Goals, applying eco-design principles to solutions development and taking into account environmental costs when assessing the value of new services; IT for Sustainability: harnessing the potential offered by new 3. technologies to develop innovative solutions that protect the environment and the climate. EXAMPLES OF INITIATIVES AND PROJECTS IMPLEMENTED BY THE GROUP Carbon neutral Sopra Steria project teams: Sopra Steria’s teams are carbon neutral. All Group business travel has been carbon neutral since 2015, and the Group’s offices and data centres have been covered by "net zero" certification since 2020. The Green Ops tool is used to calculate the environmental footprint of a Sopra Steria team deployed to either a Sopra Steria site or a client site. This tool can estimate the environmental impact of resources used by an employee during an assignment (printing, digital services, IT and telephony equipment, travel, etc.). The impact is given in emissions (CO 2 e), cubic metres of water consumed and kilowatt-hours of primary energy consumed. Sustainable IT projects Digital sobriety training for a French government ministry: Sopra Steria helped embed digital sobriety through awareness-raising and training for project teams, so as to develop the skills needed to measure the environmental impact of a digital solution, identify areas for improvement and create key performance indicators. Cloud migration: Today, these migrations must address issues of resilience and scalability, while including the ability to create new innovative services and encompassing the notions of data sovereignty and sustainability. In this vein, for a company in the logistics sector, Sopra Steria optimised and migrated critical workloads to the cloud, thus helping this operator move closer to meeting its "net zero" emissions goal.
Environmental diagnosis and design of two applications for a European manufacturer: For this project, Sopra Steria identified sources of environmental impacts by carrying out a screening-level life cycle assessment. This analysis is based on data compiled mainly from average values provided by databases, when specific data are not readily available. This approach saves a great deal of time in the data compilation phase, allowing for more in-depth analysis to be carried out subsequently by compiling data only for the most significant sources of emissions. A functional analysis looking at user experience (UX) and a technical analysis focusing on architecture, data and code identified approaches to optimise the environmental footprint, ranked in accordance with the triple bottom line or 3P concept: people, prosperity and the planet. A project to automate efficiency measurement has been launched to ensure continuous improvement of the services concerned. IT for Sustainability projects Collaborative management of urban mobility and encouragement of low-carbon business travel for a large European city: In the area near the city’s airport, Sopra Steria is working with several companies and the municipal authorities to find solutions for traffic congestion problems affecting the employees of its project partners. The project involves putting in place a collaborative mobility management system, by means of a multi-stakeholder digital platform to calculate reductions in emissions of greenhouse gases and other air pollutants via changes in employee transport options. Several initiatives are in the process of being rolled out: reduction in single-occupancy vehicle use (9-point reduction by lowering single-occupancy vehicle use from 70% to 69% since the start of the project), development of alternative mobility options (10-point increase by raising bicycle use from 10% to 20% and 4-point increase by expanding carpooling from 8% to 12% since the start of the project, and approaches to optimise business travel. Thanks to this project, five partner companies have been able to avoid 17 tonnes of GHG emissions per day. This project was selected and funded under the Urban Innovative Actions (UIA) programme, an EU initiative. Artificial intelligence in pursuit of sustainability for a European manufacturer: Sopra Steria is using sustainable development solutions powered by artificial intelligence in pursuit of three goals – cutting costs, increasing return on investment and reducing environmental impact. AI can lengthen a machine’s life cycle by optimising utilisation and maintenance. Decarbonisation strategy of a UK property management firm: the aim of the project is to calculate this property management firm’s greenhouse gas emissions for regulatory reporting purposes and to devise a strategy to make the company carbon neutral.