French family business Bouygues is on a mission to protect the environment, and has joined forces with carmaker Renault to do so.
On 27 May, Martin Bouygues, second-gen chairman and chief executive of Bouygues received the keys of a ZOE – Renault's first entirely electric mass-market car – from Carlos Ghosn, chief executive of Renault.
The two companies said the gift was symbolic of their commitment to the environment, and they are currently working on several joint projects to reduce carbon emissions.
Martin Bouygues said at the event: "[The car] symbolises our commitment to soft mobility, which we aim to promote by making infrastructure more electric vehicle-friendly."
Bouygues, which has interests in construction, telecommunications and energy, is planning installing dozens of charging points in the car parks of some of its properties, starting with its own headquarters in Paris.
It is also looking at incorporating old car batteries into electricity systems into its buildings and its new construction projects – they can be used to store energy generated by renewable means like solar panels or wind farms, making renewable energy more reliable.