Newsletter Winter 2016-17
There has been an environmental and landscape research unit established within the Compagnie du Mont-Blanc since June 2014 in conjunction with the EPODE organisation. Its research and analysis play an essential role in the preparation and progression of all the Company’s investment projects providing a thorough knowledge of the region and what is at stake. QSE and Sustainable Development
Environmental and landscape research unit
Advance analyses are carried out on the impact on the flora and fauna in each location where the Company plans to operate. Assessments must cover the 4 seasons (spring, summer, autumn and winter). Assessments are carried out in two areas, the ecology and the landscape, and enable the project to be oriented and adapted according to the items under assessment. Once the project has been carried out, depending on the type of impact study, suitable defence areas are set up to preserve the species in the location. A monitoring committee is set up and carries out regular inspections on the ground to ensure the actions undertaken are appropriate. The first analysis involved the building of the Plan Joran telecabin. Several analyses are currently being carried out at Balme for the next Charamillon telecabin (scheduled for 2017) and at le Brévent for the replacement of the Parsa chairlift (scheduled for 2015). The research unit’s role also includes what already exists, with historical studies of the evolution of the landscape. It is an essential tool for the Compagnie du Mont-Blanc’s environmental policy.
In 5 years, the Compagnie du Mont-Blanc’s waste treatment has increased from 150 to 400 metric tons at the end of 2014: an increase of 266%. This treatment involves actions organised by the Company such as the recycling of 238 metric tons of metal, 70 tons of wood and 16 tons of paper and cardboard. It also involves individual initiatives such as the collection of plastic bottles from restaurants or the rubbish bins at les Grands Montets last winter, instigated by Marc SORIANO, an employee of the business. This operation enabled 3 skips or 1 metric ton of plastic to be collected which was recycled by a specialist organisation.