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2020 Global Climate Challenge

In 2015, VINCI is adopting an open innovation policy, opening up its competition to students with practical, effective ideas to help protect our climate.

Now it’s your turn! Come up with simple, innovative and pragmatic solutions to limit the environmental footprint of the VINCI Group's activities by 2020.

Do you have a fertile imagination? Then the 2020 Global Climate Challenge is for you!

The Prizes


More than €50,000 worth of prizes!

As well as the unique opportunity to pitch your project to VINCI's management team and meet senior executives in person, you can also win a range of prizes, including a trip to the other side of the world, a weekend in Europe and bicycles.

  • 12 travels, €1,000 worth

  • 12 travels, €700 worth

  • 12 Naturabox, €300 worth

  • 120 bicylces, €200 worth

The winning team will receive a €3,500 worth of trip for the destination of their choice!

The context

In late 2015, Paris will host an event that will have a decisive impact on the future of our planet. The Conference of the Parties (COP21) will see more than 190 countries come together to decide how to limit global warming to 2°C by 2100. 

The aim of the meeting is to reach a universal, global and binding agreement on climate change.

Every two years, VINCI holds its Innovation Awards. This competition is open to all 185,000 of the group's employees across around 100 countries, inviting them to share, promote and circulate their innovative ideas. The 2013 edition saw around 5,300 employees submit 2,075 entries. These innovative ideas reflect a state of mind within the VINCI Group. It is these very ideas that enable the group to excel when it comes to quality, safety and deadlines, and that place respect for the environment at the core of its activities.

Your Mission

Your challenge is based on a simple observation, namely that construction and transport are responsible for half of all greenhouse gas emissions, These are the precise sectors in which VINCI operates. The Group's activities involve imagining, designing, financing, building and managing infrastructure and facilities that help improve daily life and mobility for all, namely buildings, roads, energy, motorways, stadia and airports. 

Your objective is to propose innovative, easy-to-implement solutions involving the Group's activities that have a rapid and significant environmental impact.

Your solution will need to fall into one of the four categories below:

    1. Building energy performance

      How can we construct better buildings?
      How can we better manage the built environment?
      How can we better involve users?

    2. Infrastructure and smart roads

      How can we encourage the emergence of the circular economy?
      How can we design and build smart roads?
      How can we manage and optimise road maintenance?

    3. Mobility

      How can we reflect citizens' practices and behaviour in mobility policy?
      How can we encourage intermodality? 
      How can we optimise journeys and routes ("final mile" mobility, green mobility, car-sharing, trams, etc.)?

    4. Urban services and the connected city

      How can we connect eco-districts and cities? 
      How can we make urban systems more effective (street lighting, energy services, management) and reduce municipal costs?
      How can we use new information and communication technologies?

This list of questions is not exhaustive, of course, and you are free to come up with an original, ambitious or unusual project that addresses a different issue. 

Register now and, if you make it through to the final, you will have the chance to impress VINCI's senior managers in June. ;)