The carbon assessment makes it possible to map the main sources of emissions and determine suitable corrective and preventive action. We carried out a carbon assessment at the industrial sites of Pau (Pyrénées-Atlantiques, France), Gaillac, Avène (Hérault, France) and Soual, and the distribution center at Muret (Haute-Garonne, France). These assessments have led to the implementation of a greenhouse gas reduction strategy and actions such as the use of RPET (recycled polyethylene terephtalate) for Klorane shampoo bottles, installation of a biomass heater at our Soual production site, use of energy diagnoses for all our industrial sites, development of web-conferences and even the establishment of a car-pooling website.
Plants: A source of renewable energy
A biomass heater has been installed at the dermo-cosmetics production site in Soual . It is fed by the waste from plants derived from the production of extracts from the Gaillac factory, particularly three major active ingredients derived from Pierre Fabre Botanical Expertise: the dregs from tropical Periwinkle (Navelbine®), Serenoa repens (Permixon®) and Rhealba® Oat (A-Derma). In addition to these plant combustibles, woodchips are used from the Tarn (logging industry waste). The heater substitutes 60% of the Soual production factory's gas consumption with renewable energies through the recycling of plant residue and reduces the carbon footprint by 1,600 tons of CO2 per year.
Short supply chains and transportation
- Short supply chains
The company promotes short supply chains for the production of its goods. Most of its R&D, production and distribution sites are based in the south-west of France. Furthermore, wherever possible, the company seeks local suppliers, such as Bormioli for bottles and Sleever International for plastics, both of which are located at Saint-Sulpice in the Tarn department of France.
- Combined deliveries
By systematically combining, since 2008, all the deliveries planned for a particular client on a particular day, the company has reduced its monthly express deliveries by 10%, i.e. 5,500 fewer deliveries, which represents more than 10,000 miles of travel, or a monthly reduction in CO2 emissions of 5.7 tons.
- Staff travel
Staff travel makes up a large portion of our carbon emissions. We have therefore carried out a number of activities such as creating a car-pooling site for our employees in France, setting up a bus between Castres and Soual, and negotiating with the SNCF (French national rail network) to open a station at our Cauquillous site (headquarters of Pierre Fabre Dermo-Cosmetics) in Lavaur (Tarn, France). We have also invested in installing equipment for video conferencing and web-conferencing.