CO² emissions: bioMérieux is switching to renewable energy
Initiated 15 years ago at our Grenoble site in France, the integration of photovoltaic panels on our sites has accelerated over the past five years, as part of our “2020 HSE Vision” program to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions.
As part of its “2020 HSE Vision”, bioMérieux committed in 2015 to reducing its direct greenhouse gas emissions1 (particularly CO²) by 20% in 2020, with sales constant.
The target was largely exceeded, as these emissions were reduced by 39%: in other words, since 2019, our company's annual emissions are equivalent to those of 2015 despite the very strong growth in our activities!
Among the measures implemented over the past 10 years, photovoltaic panels were installed by six bioMérieux entities, covering up to 20% of power consumption in some cases.
"Our company's strategy for the coming years is to further increase the reduction of our CO² emissions by adopting a “1.5°C trajectory”, according to the criteria of the Science-Based Target Initiative (SBTi). Such an ambition requires a major effort to decarbonize our energy supply."
HSE Program Manager
1 The emissions from our production units and sites and our vehicle fleets constitute these direct emissions.
Overview of bioMérieux's photovoltaic installations
The roof of the bioMérieux Australia-New Zealand site has also been fitted with solar panels to take advantage of Sydney's 300 days of sunshine. This 460m2 installation will offset part of the site's electrical power consumption.
Installed in 2005, 100 m² of solar panels on the roofs of the Grenoble site have been producing part of the site's electricity needs every year since then (18.5 MWh of electricity in 2020).
65 m² of solar panels were installed at the end of 2017 on the roofs of the site (Applied Maths Belgium). The site encourages the use of electric or hybrid cars and has installed charging stations for the vehicles of its employees (and of nearby residents, who will be billed for the consumed electrical power). Today, these panels cover about a quarter of the site's total power consumption.
Over 5,000 m² of solar panels cover more than 400 parking spaces at BioFire Diagnostics’ new building. These panels produce 1.3 megawatts of electrical power, or about 10% of the site's annual consumption!
1300 m2 of solar panels were installed and connected at the end of December on the site's lawns, pending a second phase in 2021 involving the future extension of IDC 2040. Consumed directly on site, the generated kWh will cover 12% of the facility's power requirements.
Since December 2009, part of the electrical power needed at the North American facility in Durham has been provided by 2,000 m2 of solar panels. This initiative allows the site to produce 150,000 kWh annually.
5,000 m² of photovoltaic shades covering the site's parking lots are being installed! This project will make it possible to produce 1 GWh per year, i.e., nearly 20% of the site's annual power consumption, but also to enhance the quality of life at work by improving the comfort of employees, who will be able to park their vehicles in covered spaces.