The company said that this was possible through an emission reduction initiative in addition to the type of processes used in Areva’s industrial activities that generate little CO2. To make up for its share of unavoidable emissions, the firm bought CO2 credits on the market.

In order to prolong this compensation initiative, Areva is co-operating with EcoAct, with a view to selecting and supporting environmental projects of benefit to the local populations in countries where the group has offices.

These include building refrigerated warehouses with no diesel generator sets in Niger, providing the Brazilian ceramics industry with biomass and replacing coal by natural gas in a Chinese thermal plant, the company said.

Guy Bousquet, senior vice president, sustainable development and continuous improvement, said: Areva is one of the only industrial groups to achieve carbon neutrality. This is not to be underestimated. Not only does our offer contribute to the fight against climate change but so do our industrial activities.