October 27, 2020 | Return to News

We, as Linxon, do not only build substations but we also take the role of leaving a sustainable society towards our children and communities. Therefore, Linxon has decided to join the TED Countdown initiative as we want to be part of building a better future for the environment.

The ongoing health and economic crises are reminding us of an important fact: We’re all part of the same fragile system, dependent on nature and one another. As we look to the future, we must build forward and emerge more sustainable and resilient than before. We can change climate change – to a safer, cleaner, fairer future.

In order to build electrical substations in an environmentally responsible way, we had to rethink the way we traditionally engineer, procure and construct our products. For doing this, Linxon decided to team up as an organization, involving all our employees to create the best ideas to help the climate, to halve CO2 emissions by 2030 and reach net-zero by 2050 at the latest.

“There is no denial that the climate change can and will have an impact on the life we know today. As a society we need to take actions against resource depletion, loss of biodiversity and pollution. To me, the driving force is that we all together must make the efforts for a better future”, said Frédéric Tréfois, CEO of Linxon.

EPC environmental aspects – this is what we do:

Engineering:

We incorporate the latest methods with the newest technology to bring together a product that is easily constructible with minimal environmental impact. A good example of such engineering practice is offering a Sub Terrain Gas Insulated Substation which allows the client to build structures or parks on top of it. In addition to reducing the substation footprint, we enable clients with sites in the middle of “down town” in congested cities to now build car parking garages or malls or public parks on top of their substations. This allows for a multi-use environment within the same footprint.

Procurement:

We are pursuing Circular Economy Principles in all of our geographies. In a nutshell, it means we intend to design out waste. We strive to use products that last (made of good quality material) and that are optimised for a cycle of disassembly and reuse which means it will be easier to handle and renew them.

Construction:

Through modularisation we shorten the construction period of our substations as well as reduce HSE exposure. We reduce environmental contamination by focussing on the ways we handle concrete, silt and sediment management as well as speed of discharge from our run-off water. Part of our offerings include substations that blend into the urban environment, providing a park like atmosphere where communities can come together.

Covid-19:

The global Covid-19 crisis made us rethink the way we execute our operations. Site and office layouts were reconfigured and all Safe Work Method Statements were revised, but the most important learning of all was that we did not need to travel as much as we did in the past. Covid-19 travel restrictions forced us to turn to technology in order to resume our operations. Linxon implemented Virtual Site Visits where the use of drones and gimbles allow Senior Management to experience sites virtually on short notice. These Virtual Site and Factory Visits are now well established in Linxon and we will continue to use this technology to our advantage in future.

Transformation in our business

It is time for us to forget our old ways. We all need to use less energy to achieve your goal by embracing alternatives to fossil fuels and improving energy efficiency. Real breakthroughs will require alternative methods, new technology and innovation.

We all together can make the efforts for a better future.

Read more about TEDCountdown here: https://countdown.ted.com/