Green chemistry

Reducing our environmental impact

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Established in the early 1990s, green chemistry aims to design chemical products and procedures that make it possible to eliminate or reduce the use and synthesis of substances that are potentially harmful to humans and the environment. It involves 12 principles that we take great care to follow when developing and applying our processes.

How it applies to our processes

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We apply the principles of this “sustainable” chemistry to all our chemical activities whenever possible, from the design phase to the final industrial process. It applies to the study of all our processes: plant extraction, semi-synthesis, molecule purification and organic synthesis. Our aim is to eliminate or reduce the environmental impact of these processes at the source.

Furthermore, our Gaillac (Tarn, France) teams are working on various technological innovations (plant cell culture, supercritical fluids, intensification of processes) to optimize this approach.

Our policy for selecting solvents

We have, for instance, set up a policy for selecting solvents, making it possible to industrialize processes with a limited impact, if any: the choice of solvents is therefore guided by their inherent characteristics, as well as our ability to recycle or reuse them after the process. By reducing our consumption, we achieve environmental and economic benefits.

A green chemistry cluster in the Midi-Pyrénées

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In early 2014, the Midi-Pyrénées Union of Chemical Industries (UIC Midi-Pyrénées) launched its Green Chemistry Cluster, which networks companies and research laboratories in order to help them generate new innovative projects in line with sustainable development.

Pierre Fabre Laboratories are co-founders of this cluster.
The Green Chemistry Cluster is an efficient tool, facilitating networking between regional sectors to raise awareness among the industry players and support them in winning a significant share of emerging markets, whether local, national or global.