Advanced participant of the United Nations Global Compact, Naval Group is actively participating in the collective effort to preserve the planet, an urgent question for this century.

While naval defence is currently exempt from the obligation to comply with regulations from the International Maritime Organisation in particular, Naval Group is committed to exemplarity in terms of environmental impacts. A pioneer, the group initiated an eco-design approach on ships in 2008, which has gradually reached all facets of its activity, including innovation through the Blue Ship approach.
Naval Group’s environmental approach was ISO 14001 certified in 2008. This certification encompasses its products and services activities and its infrastructures. Three principles define these eco-responsibility requirements, whether or not they are governed by the legislator: prevention of the effects related to our industrial activities and the reduction of our impact on the environment, reduction of the environmental footprint of ships, services and infrastructures over the entire life cycle, and finally, participation in the fight against global warming by reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Eco-design: Naval Group, leader

Eco-design is a discipline whose objective is to reduce all the environmental impacts of ships, from their design to their deconstruction, including operation, manufacture and maintenance. Nearly half of Naval Group’s new programs are now eco-designed. The adaptation, monitoring and control of environmental requirements throughout the program's life are carried out by dedicated design teams.
The challenges of eco-design are also economic, via renewed control of production costs (energy consumption, waste recovery, etc.) and operational, via the increased autonomy and discretion of the boats made possible through new hybrid propulsion systems. Lastly, these challenges are competitive: Naval Group took an early interest in this discipline and is now one step ahead on the naval defence market.
This eco-design approach, developed since 2008 by Naval Group, is ISO 14001 certified. Initiated on ships, the approach has been progressively extended to the Group’s infrastructures and service offers in order to fully meet sustainable development goal #13.


Responsible innovation, the Blue Ship focus

Naval Group’s efforts also stand out in the sphere of R&D. They cover the definition of methods for measuring environmental impacts over the entire product cycle. They also cover waste and emissions management, protection of the marine environment and the impact of Naval Group products on the biotope, green technologies, carbon-free energies and energy efficiency.
Blue Ship is one of the six guiding principles of Naval Group’s R&D. Its main feature is that it brings together all the environmental themes of interest for the Group. Its aim is to combine innovations, new operational capacities and sustainable growth. It marks Naval Group’s commitment to blue growth and its desire for excellence as well as leadership in this field.

Naval Group - defence - reservist partnership

Naval Group has signed an agreement to support the operational reserve with the National Guard for the benefit of its reservist employees. This agreement promotes their commitment to sovereignty. A winning combination for reservists, who are looking for new experiences and responsibilities, for the operational reserve, which benefits from additional expertise, and ultimately for Naval Group, which, by meeting the expectations of the French armed forces and the French Navy as fully as possible, is refining its understanding of their needs.