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■ At the end of 2019, following in-depth feasibility studies, Safran defined a realistic path forward, compatible with the Paris Climate Agreement. Objectives for 2025: reduce Safran’s greenhouse gas emissions by 8% for scope 1 and by 18% for scope 2 (in relation to 2018).
■ The low carbon plan picked up speed in early 2021 when Olivier Andriès was appointed Safran Chief Executive Officer. Safran raised its sights, and is now aiming to reduce CO2 emissions by 30% for scopes 1 and 2. This is just a first step along the Group’s path towards net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.
■ One of the primary drivers behind Safran’s low carbon plan is the application of a new energy strategy at its production sites. This approach comprises five complementary facets: the energy performance of new buildings; reduced energy consumption in existing facilities; a switch in energy sources; purchase of decarbonized energy; and the on-site production of energy from renewable sources.
■ Safran’s strategy for the long haul in this area is already beginning to produce concrete results, especially via the following actions:
• The signature of an energy purchase agreement in Mexico to obtain power from solar plants,
• Projects for on-site production and consumption of electrical power from solar and wind sources in France and Belgium, for example,
• The replacement of gas or diesel-fired heating plants by more sustainable solutions: an urban heating network in Le Havre, a heat pump in Saclay, biomass in Bordes, biogas in Tarnos, etc,
• The development of additive manufacturing, a fast-growing process that only consumes the exact amount of raw material needed for the end- product, thus minimizing machining scrap and using 100% electric energy which reduces CO2 emissions.
• The Safran Electronics & Defense plant in Valence, now under construction, was eco-designed and expects annual savings of 500 metric tons of CO2,
• Engine test stands will use at least 10% sustainable fuels by the end of the year, and at least 35% in 2025.
Safran also introduced an in-house “carbon prize” in 2020 for investment projects and supplier selection to encourage decisions in favor of choosing lower emissions solutions.
Safran has set the following target for reducing CO2 emissions by its production facilities,
by 2025*:
Compatible with the stated aim of limiting global warming to no more than 1.5° C
by the end of the century
*In relation to CO2 in 2018
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