Sustainable development & CSR
Passionate and committed
For the past ten years, the management of the Circuit Paul Ricard has been committed to an ambitious sustainable development process. The goal: to reduce the environmental impact, create a bond in the region, and co-invent sustainable mobility of the future.
Assessing and reducing the environmental impact
Exemplary air quality
Four beehives installed around the circuit allow the concentration of pollutants in the air, water and flora to be measured (beekeeping vigilance). The results collected and analysed by Apilab show a standard of environmental quality that is exemplary, comparable to that recorded in the Landes forest in south-western France.
Collection and use of rainwater
To preserve the water table, rain and drainage water is channelled, filtered and stocked in a 60,000 m3 artificial lake. The water from the lake is then used to water the gardens, supply the fire hydrants, water the track, and even supplies fire-fighting helicopters with water in the event of a fire.
Large scale investments in order to reduce sound emissions
- Installation in 2009 of an 8 meters long high and 800 meters long mound in the Courbe de Signes (€373 K investment).
- Planting of a 300 meters long fast-growing hedge along the mound of the grandstands and another about 1 km long around the go-karting site.
- Renewal of the fleet of 27 go-karts in order to benefit from the most modern and silent catalytic exhausts available (€100 K investment).
A well-maintained and preserved park
Seven gardeners work to maintain our 150 ha of parkland using environmentally-friendly methods:
- Planting of endemic species adapted to the climate: olive trees, laurel roses, pine trees, lavender, rosemary, etc.
- Systematic replanting (5 for every tree cut).
- Maintenance that does not involve the use of any pesticides or chemical fertilisers, careful pruning, a modulated programme of watering times, etc.
The scientific inventory of the flora and fauna at the site carried out by Ecotonia in order to monitor their evolution and set up relevant protection actions.
This exemplarity allows the Circuit Paul Ricard to be fully integrated into the Sainte-Baume Regional Nature Park.
Sound emissions measured 24 hours a days
- Four Hagerservices monitors continually record sound emissions. This data is compared to the acoustic environment in order to determine the real impact of the circuit’s activity on its environment.
- The real time monitoring of the sound emissions from each vehicle during official races.
Energy transition players
- 99% of the lights in the offices and on the roads are equipped with LED light bulbs.
- A fleet of electric cars: 12 scooters, 4 stackers, 3 electric carts, 1 forklift, 1 Twizzy.
- 20,000 m2 of photovoltaic sunshades producing the equivalent of the electricity consumption for 2,866 people/year.
- The reception chalet of the 4WD track and the aerial lights of the Xtrem Park’s zip wires are energy independent thanks to photovoltaic panels.
The development of “soft” sports activities
Since 2015, new non-mechanical sports activities offering big thrills have been available at the Xtrem Park: families can try the zip wire, Quick jump, free jump, a junior circuit, driving simulators, and more. In parallel, the Circuit hosts a growing number of “soft” sports events: Événement Vélo (cycling race), Spartan Race (pedestrian obstacle course), Sunset Run, Sunset Bike, etc.
Awareness raising with regard to environmentally-friendly acts
- Free provision of charging terminals for electric cars for the general public.
- Sorting and recycling of cans.
- Drawing up of an eco-responsible charter for the organisation of events.
- Introduction of a clause for compliance with sound emissions in the contracts of the circuit’s customers.
- Sorting and recycling of oils, tyres and brake disks.
- Setting up of an eco-driving course.
- Sorting and recycling of paper, cardboard, light bulbs, ink cartridges, etc.
Organisation of the “sustainable development rally” for students from the neighbouring towns.
CREATE A BOND IN OUR REGION
By associating local residents with our development throught the CIRCUIT PAUL RICARD ENVIRONMENTAL CONSULTATIVE COMMITTEE (CCE)
- Three meetings a year to offer a collective consultation space with our local residents.
- Participants: private individuals, neighbourhood interest groups, associations, local councillors and institutional partners, delegate sports federations, the police force, the Departmental Directorate for Public Safety, etc.
By boosting employment in our region
- Participation in three annual forums in the neighbouring municipalities.
- Coordination with Employment stakeholders (Pole Emploi, APEC, etc.) in order to facilitate employment in the region, develop the site’s attractiveness for careers that are lacking candidates and offer free training in line with the latest legal developments.
- Partnerships with municipal employment offices in neighbouring municipalities.
- Reception of about a hundred students each year to present our professions to them.
By privileging local suppliers
80% of our suppliers are local
Par une politique sociale et salariale favorisant l'epanouissement de nos collaborateurs
- Since 2009, an increase in salaries largely over the inflation rate.
- Many other advantages: bonuses, 100% payment of private health cover, etc.
- Sharing of added value: equal profit-sharing bonus for all.
- Five employees out of 80 joined the company by means of a work placement.
- Culture of Permanent Contracts.
- 1,600 hours per year devoted to training our employees, namely ten times more than the legal minimum.
By fighting discrimination
- Promotion of gender equality: 1/3 of the management committee are women and 100% of fathers take parental leave.
- Maintenance in employment for six disabled staff members by the adaptation of their positions.
- Number of disabled people employed higher than the legal obligation of 50%.
By supporting populations in difficulty
- NQT (Nos Quartiers ont des Talents): since 2014, sponsorship of young Bachelor degree graduates from priority development zones or modest social backgrounds with the NQT association.
- FACE (Fondation Agir contre l’Exclusion): commitment to the Enterprises and Neighbourhoods charter in 2016 in order to promote Diversity and Equality.
- AFM Téléthon: 10th edition in 2018 of a day devoted to this association in order to collect donations for the benefit for medical research thanks to fun activities and access to the track (more than 100 volunteers welcomed several thousand people there).
- Attrap’Rêves: every year, we offer a “Dream Day” to sick or disabled children and their families who are members of this local association for a VIP insight into the world of car racing.
- SDIS 83: Var fire department: partnership in order to favour all possible synergies in terms of training and the pooling of the respective recognised expertise of the Circuit Paul Ricard, Le Castellet Airport, and the SDIS 83.
Co-invent sustainable mobility of the future
Offer a lever for Innovation
- By helping manufacturers develop the tyres of the future: Michelin, Pirelli, Dunlop.
- By helping car makers develop the vehicles of the future: Tesla, Honda, Porsche, Mercedes, Renault, Audi, Toyota, BMW, etc.
- By welcoming hybrid prototypes from the Green GT racing team (hydrogen single-seater).
- By participating in the Hynovar project aimed to develop hydrogen-based land and sea mobility.
- By welcoming a hydrogen production and distribution station at the circuit.
- As a member of the Club H2 Région Sud-PACA since May 2018, which works with Capenergies on the theme of hydrogen, the services of the Region Sud-PACA, local metropolises and territories and the Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
Share our expertise and help the sector to progress
- Creation of an in-house training institute in 2015.
- Co-creation with the AFPA* of a recognised track technician course.
- Creation in 2017 with APAVE of a partnership to train staff members in handling electric cars.
- Creation in 2016 of the environment and public peace commission in the association of French circuits (GN CACEIPA**).
Invest in maximum security
For our drivers
An effective track safety measure: 38 track surveillance cameras, a race management that can intervene in less than 1 minute in the event of an incident.
For our staff
0 labour-related accidents in 2017.
For our visitors
- Adapted and customised circulation flows according to each event.
- Security plan that allows 250,000 visitors to be welcomed every year without any accident involving a vehicle and a pedestrian: an exemplary result!
- Relay for the FIA’s “#3500 vies” campaign that raises awareness about road safety.