Our commitment to sustainable development

Orléans Métropole and Orléans Val de Loire Tourisme are resolutely pursuing their commitment to sustainable development within the dynamics of COP21.

Orléans Métropole's commitments

The metropolis committed to sustainable development

Beyond the protection of the environment, sustainable development integrates social and economic components in a perspective of quality of life for the inhabitants.

Orléans Métropole's commitment goes beyond the ambition of a coherent development of the territory: it also applies to the management of public services, which must be exemplary.

Through its projects and its local skills, Orléans Métropole acts for:

  • the preservation of natural areas,
  • the promotion of eco-mobility,
  • more responsible waste management,
  • is working as closely as possible with residents to support local employment, foster solidarity between neighbourhoods and offer services that make life easier for residents and businesses.

Adopted unanimously in March 2011, Orléans Métropole's Agenda 21 sets out a reference framework that has made it possible to identify 53 concrete actions in all areas of competence.
Its implementation is progressing, complementing the municipal Agendas 21.

As such, Orléans Métropole presents, in an annual report, a progress report on the community's situation in terms of sustainable development, in accordance with article 255 of the law of 12 July 2010 on national commitment to the environment.
The law in fact subjects local authorities and EPCIs with their own tax system with more than 50,000 inhabitants to the presentation, prior to the debate on the draft budget, of a report on the internal and territorial situation with regard to sustainable development.

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The commitments of Orléans val de loire tourisme

The Orléans Métropole Tourist Office committed to a resolutely sustainable approach

As an extension of the metropolis, Orléans Val de Loire Tourisme is committed to a variety of actions.

At the level of our visitors and tourists

  • Recommend the use of public transport to our visitors for their movement in the city centre and the metropolis, as well as the use of bicycles and the development of soft traffic and bus lines,
  • Incentives to co-carpool when possible, for excursions when registering,
  • Incentive to send documents by dematerialised means vs. paper document & postal mail.

On the level of our shop

  • Development of local and artisanal products (honey, herbal teas, terrines, beers, wines...),
  • Purchase and use of biodegradable paper bags instead of plastic bags in order to act in favour of the environment, etc.

At the level of our internal functioning

  • Massive removal of large cardboard boxes and undistributed tourist literature by a social reintegration company that also allows for selective waste sorting,
  • Recycling of printer cartridges and toners,
  • Recycling of printed paper for in-house printing, preferably in black and white. Only documents that we have the use of on both sides are printed,
  • Reasonable use of lighting: natural light is favoured as much as possible,
  • In order to save energy, switch off during lunch break or in the evening when lights, computer monitors, printer, etc. are turned off.
  • Upstairs corridor equipped with led lamps; purchase of low-energy light bulbs imposed,
  • In the summer period, open doors and windows for ventilation,
  • During business trips (meetings, trade fairs, etc.), carpooling is preferred,
  • Setting up dematerialized meetings (via Skype/Teams for example),
  • Give preference to local suppliers in order to reduce the impact on the environment through transport,
  • Two water fountains equipped with 18-litre bottles recovered by a company and replacing the use of individual plastic water bottles,
  • Use of new technologies to classify information, transmit it and share it between our different services.

At the level of our editions

  • Favour the use of digital as much as possible (smartphone applications, websites, digital terminals, e-newsletters, use of ipads at trade fairs, etc.),
  • When paper publishing is required, work in priority with FSC, PEFC labelled service providers,
  • During document exchange exchanges, limit the excessive number of documents thanks to a stock management table (optimization, storage limitation ...).

To sum up, the Tourist Office is mobilizing for:

  • Encourage its visitors to consult its brochures on its website or on its smartphone application, to limit polluting journeys,
  • Provide visitors with interactive kiosks and digital information screens with information about the destination,
  • Raise awareness of sustainable development among actors, inhabitants and users of the territory,
  • Favour local businesses,
  • Reduce waste in its operation and give priority to all types of savings (energy, paper, etc.),
  • Encourage its partners to follow a similar approach.