REVALUATION OF BROWNFIELDS

An innovative investment vehicle to meet the environmental, economic and social challenges of brownfield redevelopment in urban areas.

THE CHALLENGES


Risk Management

There are over 3 million polluted sites across Europe today, as a result of former and current industrial and military activities. If left abandoned, these sites pose significant environmental and health risks.

Remobilisation of constructible land

Many former industrial sites are located in urban areas where there is a scarcity of new land for construction projects. As such, these sites are interesting targets for redevelopment, through both ground recycling and the implementation of sustainable urban design initiatives.

Controlled urbanisation

The restoration of brown eld sites represents a major issue. In France, the Ministry of Agriculture estimates that, since 1993, the equivalent of 60,000 hectares of outdoor space has been consumed by urbanisation. Managing urban sprawl has become a key policy issue for many large European cities as it is unsustainable from both a financial and ecological perspective.

OUR MISSION


A partner in urban remediation projects

Ginkgo adds value to all stakeholders involved in the remediation of contaminated land: owners of polluted land, regional governments, developers and builders, as well as the end user. Ginkgo is recognised for its expertise in remediating contaminated sites in close cooperation with local governments.

Acquire significantly polluted land and lead complex remediation projects

Ginkgo brings its experience and deep expertise in the acquisition, clean-up and redevelopment of sites involving complex environmental issues and draws upon its technical expertise in the management of strongly polluted sites. Thanks to its team of dedicated professionals, demonstrating unique experience in the management of toxic and polluted sites, Ginkgo is able to define, execute and finance long term strategies aiming to mitigate these environmental risks.

Recognised technical expertise providing a sustainable approach to the rehabilitation of polluted sites.

Ginkgo relies upon its team of specialised experts and senior engineers. This means that the team is able to implement and execute a wide range of clean-up methods, covering the majority of chemical and pyrotechnic contaminations.

The clean-up strategies developed by Ginkgo for the remediation of contaminated sites favour ethical approaches focused on breaking down pollutants, as close to the source of contamination in order to prevent any spillage or impact on surroundings, as well as reducing the carbon footprint of any intervention. This long term approach is preferred to solutions aiming to cut transfer channels by way of containment or the simple reduction of exposure to people and properties.

Lead complex remediation projects

The urban setting and size of potential remediation sites require Ginkgo to be systematically diverse, which re ects the new challenges faced by the cities of tomorrow. Through its innovative approach, Ginkgo attempts to reconcile the constraints associated with the quality of land in real estate projects and the expectations of communities in terms of redevelopment, taking into account societal, economic and environmental issues.

This is conveyed by the emergence of new forms of urbanism that combine the emerging needs of members of the economy with the urban fabric and its residential diversity. Ginkgo also has ambitious goals in the areas of biodiversity and revegetation.

In its approach, Ginkgo systematically surrounds itself with urban planners and architects among whom the competence, creativity and reputation are proof of their ability to deliver innovative projects. Ginkgo aims to remediate and revitalize city districts which have undergone severe deindustrialization.

THE GINKGO OFFER


Bringing technical and financial expertise

Ginkgo performs its own complementary environmental studies prior to the potential acquisition of sites. It then executes the transaction in close cooperation with regional governments, including the planning of redevelopment projects, as well as ensuring the financial feasibility of the operations.

Acquiring land from the state

Ginkgo supports investors looking to acquire land from the state. The team outlines, nances, executes and manages the clean-up operations before redeveloping the sites. Ginkgo provides a balancing role among all stakeholders, including the sustainable treatment of contaminants.

Adherence to urban planning strategies

Ginkgo adds value to all stakeholders involved in contaminated land remediation projects including; owners of polluted land, regional governments, developers and builders, as well as the end user. Ginkgo’s objective is to contribute to the supply of depolluted land, in line with the land’s future use and agreed redevelopment plans.

Sustainable and environmentally friendly remediation methods

Ginkgo is strongly dedicated to sustainable land remediation methods. The highest environmental standards are applied at each stage of its projects. Ginkgo’s primary goal is to ensure the complete remediation of environmental liabilities of polluted sites. The environmental assessment during the execution stage is meticulously checked. Each clean-up project is conducted in line with the most environmentally friendly and appropriate methods.

OUR PROJECTS


Ginkgo owns 600,000m² of building rights in the heart of major urban areas, contributing to the remediation of strategic sites at the centre of challenging urban regions, with a view to creating additional housing.

Over 15,000 jobs have been created as a direct result of our projects, which involve the construction of over 6,000 houses.

100% of projects are self-sustaining and do not rely on grants or subsidies from public finances.

ANNECY  .  CHOISY LE ROI

FONTAINEBLEAU  .  LYON

MARSEILLE  .  MONT ST-GUIBERT  

OTTIGNIES  .  ROMAINVILLE

SAINT-DENIS  .  SURESNES

TOURNAI  .  UCCLE

VENISSIEUX  .  MALAGA

OUR PARTNERS


In order to enable Ginkgo to successfully complete its mission, the team has been supported by leading founding partners since its establishment, bringing a strong will to help accelerate the clean-up and redevelopment of strategic sites in urban areas.

EDR Private Equity is the Edmond de Rothschild’s private equity platform. EDR Private Equity’s activities re ect its long term commitment to the preservation of the environment and that of sustainable investments both in Europe and across emerging markets.

La Caisse des Dépôts and its subsidiaries have a long term vested interest in the economic development of it territories. The Group has prioritised 4 areas of intervention, aiming to create employment and be a supporter of industrial innovation: development of companies, environmental and ecological transition, housing, sustainable infrastructure and mobility.

The Société Fédérale de Participations et d’Investissement (SFPI) manages the assets of federal authorities, cooperating with them on speci c projects. They distinguish themselves through their social values and carry out their own investment strategy in the interest of the Belgian economy.

The European Investment Bank (“EIB”) is the bank of the European Union. Its shareholders are the members of the European Union and it represents their interests. The EIB works in close cooperation with other European institutions in enforcing the EU’s policies.

The EIB provides nancing and expertise in sustainable and long term investment projects that contribute to the implementation of EU policies.

The Société Régionale d’Investissement de Wallonie’s (S.R.I.W.) mission is to contribute to the development of the Wallonian economy, financially supporting Wallonian companies, or companies located in Wallonia, involved in industrial projects or services providing added value.

GINKGO TEAM