Other activity-related environmental issues
Protecting biodiversity is another area of focus for the Group. STEF bolsters its approach by:
- analysing the environmental impact of each real-estate project;
- monitoring the operation of facilities and ensuring compliance with the regulations of each host country;
- working with the Real Estate team to incorporate biodiversity elements into all Group projects;
- signing - along with AFILOG (French association of logistics real-estate professionals) - a reciprocal commitment charter with the public authorities on subjects including soil artificialisation.
Reducing noise pollution
We are looking into all solutions that help to limit noise pollution and are actively working with local authorities in order to meet their requirements concerning urban deliveries. Examples include Montpellier, where the Group is taking part in the Carreta trial of self-driving vehicles, and Lyon, where an urban delivery test has been carried out using a next-generation zero-emission electric truck.
All new Group vehicles comply with the PIEK standard, with noise emissions of less than 60 dB. To reduce noise pollution when making city-centre deliveries, STEF chooses the quietest equipment and vehicles available on the market.
Reducing atmospheric pollution
The work undertaken over more than 10 years has borne fruit. By regularly renewing our vehicles, we have ensured that our fleet meets the Euro VI standard, with 80% lower NOx emissions and 50% lower particulate emissions compared to Euro V vehicles.
And we’re not stopping there: to build a cleaner future, we are investing in research into alternative eco-friendly technologies (hybrid transport, electric vehicles, NGV stations, and cryogenic systems). The Group is also committed to adjusting its vehicle policy every year as technology is developed.
The audit of our sites has enabled us to identify recoverable waste (primarily paper, cardboard, film wrap, wood, metal, glass and food products) and to assess the quantities of each type of waste. By organising waste sorting and recovery, we have now achieved a recycling rate of 80%.
STEF strives to implement reverse logistics processes to optimise transport plans and vehicle fill rates, thereby contributing to the circular economy.