Our environmental commitments

The sea runs in Naval Group’s veins, and lies at the heart of the group’s ambitions in the naval sector. Maritime spaces are rich in economic promise, but remain a fragile environment.

The group is keenly aware of this reality, and is committed to preserving the environment in which it operates and to controlling the environmental aspects of all its products and activities: ships, services and infrastructures.

To anchor this stance in its processes, respect for the environment is enshrined in Naval Group’s CSR commitments and underpins its environmental policy, which is deployed at all group sites and will soon be rolled out to its subsidiaries.


Naval Group imposes strict environmental requirements on itself. Since 2008, the company has been implementing an ISO 14001-certified environmental management system, encompassing all of its activities – site management as well as product design:

  • Ships: from design through to deconstruction, including the shipbuilding phase, environmental standards are applied to every part of the ship, from systems down to equipment.
    Eco-design is a core consideration: four Environment Design Managers currently work alongside the naval architects to integrate environmental requirements into programmes, supported by a network of correspondents at almost every entity.
  • Services: through-life support (TLS), retrofits, training… Naval Group ensures that all its services are environmentally responsible.
  • Infrastructures: whether in shipbuilding and design, industrial machinery investments or other areas, the applicable environmental standards are strictly complied with.
    Naval Group’s Angoulême-Ruelle site invested massively in 2018 to significantly reduce energy consumption and achieve savings in the order of 35% on gas and electricity.


Going beyond the requirement to comply with current regulations, this policy is divided into three strands:

  1. Mitigating the effects of our industrial activities and limiting our environmental impact
    Environmental performance – an inseparable part of our industrial activity – goes hand in hand with operational and economic performance. Naval Group operates a continuous improvement approach in the field of the environment, helping to manage industrial safety and to reduce the impact of our activities on soil, air and water.
    The measures taken to prevent environmental risk and vigilance of the network of experts present at all the group’s sites have led to a steady decline in the number of incidents. In 2018, Naval Group experienced no cases of pollution that were uncontrolled or required outside intervention.
  2. Limiting the environmental footprint of ships, services and infrastructures throughout their life cycle
    Resolutely committed to an approach aimed at reducing and optimising the environmental impacts of its activities and products, Naval Group integrates the environment into their design from end to end of their life cycle.
    The goal is to offer high value-added products while reducing all of their environmental impacts from design through to deconstruction – including operation, manufacture and maintenance – without affecting their technical and operational performance.
    From shipbuilding, to maintenance, to infrastructure, eco-design extends to all Naval Group products and services, and is translated into specific requirements for the group’s suppliers. A vast scope, across all of our activities: the group’s objective for 2020 is to integrate eco-design into 50% of new ship projects, 15% of our infrastructures and 5% of the services we provide.
    Convinced that naval eco-design is the industry’s future, Naval Group shares its approach at international events and conferences on the protection of the maritime environment, and takes the lead in this field.
    Naval Group builds environmental concerns into its ships throughout their life cycle:
  3. Contributing to the fight against global warming by reducing greenhouse gas emissions
    Naval Group pursues its constant commitment by reducing its energy consumption in order to better control the energy usage and efficiency of all its sites.
    The group is improving the energy efficiency of its facilities and has set a target for 2020 of reducing baseload consumption* at all of its sites by 10%.
    As part of this approach, Naval Group is, for example, replacing its workshop lighting systems with dimmable LED solutions. Thermal destratification systems are also being installed in order to better manage consumption of the gas used to heat the workshops concerned.
    Travel is of course, another source of emissions, and Naval Group encourages its employees to use alternative modes of transport through an in-company travel plan which has, for example, introduced car-sharing sites and a mileage allowance for bicycle users, with the aim of modifying employees’ commuting patterns.

To learn more:
Financial Report 2018
CSR Report 2018

* Energy consumption at a site during periods of inactivity (weekends, holidays, etc.).