OUR ENVIRONMENTAL, SOCIAL, AND SOCIETAL RESPONSIBILITY
The climate-related performance report
Building on the experience acquired in recent years at certain of its sites, BIC defined a roadmap for this goal. This roadmap reflects a strategy in which each country or site examines its opportunities for sourcing renewable electricity, taking their regulatory and operational constraints into account. It serves as a guide for the countries and sites, which must also keep pace with the frequent market and regulatory evolutions that affect this business sector. To bring about a far-reaching change in its purchasing process for electricity, BIC is putting the focus on renewable energy certificates (1) , green contracts and long-term Power Purchase Agreements, and is investigating the production potential of certain sites. In 2020, the BIC Group has reached its target of 80% of electricity from renewable sources. In the coming years, the Group will work to consolidate this performance and investigate options for long-term contracts or on-site developments. Specifically, in 2020: in France, BIC purchases renewable energy certificates ● (Guarantees of Origin, or GoO) for all of its factories plus the Clichy headquarters. This means that all BIC ® products manufactured in France are produced using renewable electricity; in Greece, the purchase of GoO certificates has covered all of ● the BIC Violex site’s electrical consumption since 2016; in Spain, the BIC Iberia and BIC Graphic Europe sites have ● been using renewable electricity through the purchase of certificates (GoO) since 2018; in the United States, the purchase of renewable wind energy ● certificates (U.S. RECs) covers the energy needs of most American sites; in Brazil, the Manaus site has been using wind energy since ● 2018 through the purchase of iREC certificates; in Mexico, the BIC Group has launched a tender for the ● purchase of long-term renewable energy (Power Purchase Agreements), thus specifically supporting the development of new infrastructures; in Daman (India) and Tarragona (Spain), solar panels have been ● installed. In addition, since 2018, 100% of the lighters factories have been powered by green electrical energy, and research is underway to develop the sites’ self-sufficiency (recovery of waste heat, development of photovoltaic and solar thermal energy, etc.). Optimizing energy consumption The BIC Group has been implementing energy efficiency programs in its factories for many years. As a result, the Group has improved its energy efficiency by 5.8% in ten years. In 2020 BIC signed a partnership with Schneider Electric for the implementation of a system that will closely monitor energy consumption at all BIC sites, with the goal of optimizing consumption and the related costs while increasing the use of renewable electricity. Energy audits of the Group’s sites are also planned. In 2021 the first audits will take place at the following sites: Mexico City, Marne-la-Vallée (France), Violex (Greece), Samer and Boulogne (France).
Seventeen energy reduction projects were launched in 2020. Three of these projects involved lighting (replacement of conventional light bulbs by LED bulbs and increased use of natural daylight). Eight projects were conceived to reduce electrical consumption and three to reduce gas consumption. Since the main BIC offices are equipped with servers, the sustainable development approach adopted by the IT support departments has a direct impact on the sites’ environmental footprint: in 2020 a manager was assigned to oversee Green IT ● operations, including defining a strategy and implementing best practices; about 85% of the Group’s internal and external servers are ● now virtualized. In 2020 BIC continued to install evermore efficient servers. In particular, they produce less heat, thus reducing the amount of energy needed to cool the data centers; as part of the implementation of teleworking due to the public ● health crisis, all employees in all regions are now equipped with remote coworking tools. An average of 28,000 meetings are organized every month. Emissions related to purchases The emissions in this category are mainly related to the Group’s purchases of materials, especially plastics (74%). In 2020 BIC announced two new ambitious goals as part of its “Writing the Future, Together” program. These two goals, which are also integrated in the Group’s “Horizon” corporate strategy plan, will help significantly reduce its GAG emissions: by 2030, BIC aims for 50% non-virgin petroleum plastic for its ● products, with a goal of 20% by 2025; by 2025, 100% of BIC consumer plastic packaging will be ● reusable, recyclable, or compostable. These goals will be attained through the implementation of the Group’s “4 Rs” philosophy (described in § 126.96.36.199) and could help reduce its GAG emissions by about 10% (at constant perimeter). The carbon footprint of our transport activities The objective of BIC’s shipping management system is to ensure the availability of its products while maximizing customer satisfaction, reducing the environmental impact of its transport activities, and optimizing costs. BIC Group has factories all over the world, which tends to limit the need for shipping its products. For example, more than 80% of the products sold in Europe are manufactured on that continent.
Renewable electricity is defined as electricity generated by biomass sources (including biogas), geothermal, solar, water (including hydroelectric) or (1) wind power.
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