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Servier committed to energy transition

The Group’s 2030 vision is very clear: we want to have a significant social impact for patients and for a sustainable world.  

As a pharmaceutical company, health is an essential pillar of our CSR strategy. And we are aware that the health of our patients and employees, and their well-being, are intrinsically linked to the state of our planet.  

This is why, we have set ourselves the ambitious targets of reducing our Scope 1&2 emissions by 42% by 2030, and our Scope 3 emissions by 25%, compared with 2021/2022.1

We have raised our targets this year, in line with the objectives of the Paris Agreement. Our new trajectory will be submitted to SBTi, the reference body for the definition of climate objectives by companies. The validation is expected in 2024.

To achieve this, we are acting on four major pillars: energy, mobility, responsible purchasing, and transport and distribution of our medicines. 

The Group’s energy consumption accounts for around 10% of our total greenhouse gas emissions. To reduce this impact, we are working on limiting our energy consumption on the one hand, and on increasing our supply of renewable electricity on the other.  

Together, we have drawn up a three-pronged strategy:  

Reducing our energy consumption; because the best energy is the one that we don’t use!  

For example, we have deployed “Stop & Start” technologies at some of our industrial sites.  This system automatically stops and restarts equipment in order to save energy.

Then, by 2025, we aim to obtain ISO 50001 or ISO 14001 certification for 80% of our industrial and R&D sites, and 100% by 2030. 

Today, 44% of our industrial sites (a total of 7 industrial sites: Bolbec and Gidy in France, Arklow in Ireland, Anpharm in Poland, Toledo in Spain, Cairo in Egypt and Sophyno in Russia, as well as our head office in Suresnes, France) are ISO 50001 or ISO 14001 certified.  

ISO 14001 is the internationally recognized standard for environmental management systems (EMS). It provides a framework for organizations to design, implement, and continually improve their environmental performance.   

ISO 50001 provides a practical way to improve energy use, through the development of an energy management system (EnMS). 

Finally, reducing our energy consumption also means adopting a “rational purchasing” policy. When it comes to purchasing new industrial equipment, we systematically take energy efficiency into account.  

Overall, for the 2021/2022 financial year, the Group’s energy consumption is down by almost 4% on the previous year. 

Specifically in France, we have set up a multi-disciplinary task force to promote energy efficiency with an objective to reduce our energy consumption by 10% over the next two years. We have already seen good results, for example, energy consumption has reduced by 13% for the 22/23 financial year compared to 21/22 in our head office.  

Increasing the share of renewable energies in our energy mix  

The percentage of renewable electricity in our energy mix reached 13% in fiscal year 2021/2022, and we want to go further. The context and the opportunities in each country are different. Schneider Electric is working with us to help define a coherent and realistic strategy. 

Today, five industrial sites use 100% renewable electricity: Arklow in Ireland, Toledo and Madrid in Spain, Jacarepagua and Pharlab in Brazil. 

Four industrial sites are also equipped with photovoltaic panels, and generate renewable electricity for their own consumption (2 sites in Spain, 1 site in Ireland, 1 site in Poland).  

Finally, over 20% of the energy consumed at our new R&D institute in Saclay comes from geothermal energy. 

Onboarding and mobilizing employees  

At Servier, we are committed to changing our professional and individual habits. The commitment of all our employees is therefore essential if we are to achieve our objectives. 

With this in mind, we have deployed several in-house campaigns to promote ecofriendly habits to be adopted on a daily basis.  

Several recent events have also reinforced these campaigns:  

  • The Climate Fresk workshop, which has already trained over 700 people in France in climate change issues;   
  • The Servier Climate School, which offers e-learning modules to all Group employees on environmental challenges such as climate change and biodiversity loss. We developed this platform in collaboration with Axa Climate School. In less than 2 months after its launch, more than 5000 employees had already participated. 
  • Servier Sustainable Development Weeks, which raised employee awareness of simple, everyday eco-friendly actions.

Our challenge is to continue to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions, not only related to energy, but also other emission categories, while our activities and production volumes continue to grow.   

Between 2016 and 2022, we managed to reduce the quantity of greenhouse gases emitted on Scopes 1 and 2 by 23%, per unit of revenues generated. (In other words, we have reduced the carbon intensity of our activities by 23%).  

Convinced that all positive energies are needed to achieve our sustainability objectives, we wish to continue to involve every employee in this ambitious approach. 

[1] Scope 1 emissions represent emissions directly linked to Group operations. Scope 2 emissions are linked to the purchase of electricity and energy for heating or cooling. Finally, Scope 3 emissions include all other indirect emissions, throughout the value chain (procurement, transport, business travel, etc.).