Environmental impact


Carbon review

bilan-carbonne.jpgThe carbon review makes it possible to map the main sources of emissions and determine suitable corrective and preventive action. We carried out a carbon review at our industrial sites of Pau, Gaillac, Avène and Soual, and our distribution center at Muret. These reviews have led to the implementation of a greenhouse gas reduction strategy and actions such as the use of RPET 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-sharing website.

Renewable energies

Renewable energies are among the alternatives to fossil energy. Our company is committed to producing the equivalent of 80% of its electricity use from renewable energies and has signed the EDF Equilibre contract.

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 region.
  • 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 16,000 km of travel, or a monthly reduction in CO2 emissions of 5.7 tonnes.  
  • 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-sharing site for our employees in France, setting up a bus between Castres and Soual, and negotiating with the SNCF (French railways) to open a station at our Cauquillous site (headquarters of Pierre Fabre Dermo-Cosmetics) in Lavaur. We have also invested in installing equipment for video conferencing and web-conferencing.


More than 90% of our waste is used

More than 90% of our waste from manufacturing medicines and dermo-cosmetic products is used: 65% via recycling and 35% through transformation in energy (replacement of combustibles in four cement works, production of electricity by co-generation). Since 2006, our waste has been traced using a computerized system that enables us to know in real-time the quantity and destination of our waste.



  • Soual
    The production site for dermo-cosmetics at Soual has reviewed its entire method of waste management: replacing waste compactors with a bale press that makes it possible to recycle cardboard and plastic waste, use of co-generation for residual waste. Results: a reduction in the number of round trips for waste transport and a re-use level of 99%.
  • Gaillac
    At the extraction and production site for active substances at Gaillac, solvents are used internally by optimizing our procedures with dedicated tools (vacuum evaporation, distillation column) that make it possible to give our solvents a second life in other economic activities. Thanks to our various activities, waste production dropped by 34% between 2010 and 2011.
  • Ussel
    At Ussel drug distribution center, the company has adopted a “cardboard-only” solution for preparing retail orders. Products are provided with a cardboard sheet rather than a plastic sheet, which makes sorting and the use of waste easier for our clients.


Investments in less energy-hungry equipment

  • More light with less energy
    Muret dermo-cosmetic distribution center: modification of lighting in storage areas for tall objects and completed packages: three times the brightness with 20% less power (savings of 6 kWh per hour of use).
  • More heat with less energy
    Gien prescription drugs production factory: replacement of two heaters used to obtain heated water: savings of 83 tonnes of CO2 per year.
  • More cooling with less energy
    Gaillac active substance extraction and production factory: installation of high-performance cooling towers, high-performance electric motors, speed adjusters: increase in available flow of cooling power and electricity savings of 0.6 GW per hour, i.e. 8% of factory usage.

Energy overview

bilan-energie-avene.jpgIn 2009, the energy review at our Avène production unit made it possible to map the main areas of energy use and identify possible action to reduce consumption. In 2010, we implemented the first actions by setting up a Free Cooling system (using external air in air treatment equipment to create cool air, with an expected reduction in emissions of nearly 50 tonnes of CO2 per year), optimizing the functioning of chillers to enable the production of iced water (expected reduction in emissions of more than 1 tonne of CO2 per year), and setting up electronic speed adjusters to adjust cold water flow in installations as needed (expected reduction of more than 9 tonnes of CO2). In 2011, the establishment of a Centralized Technical Management system made it possible to manage the main energy installations (heaters, free cooling air conditioning unit, compressed air, etc.) automatically, to share energy production equipment, to monitor use, and to adjust the functioning of installations according to the factory’s activity.

Paper use

  • At our French sites, the installation of network printers and automatic recto-verso printing has made it possible to reduce paper consumption by nearly 10% (8,865 reams of paper), which equates to a reduction in emissions of 45 tonnes of CO2.
  • Our medical representatives in France now use touch pads to tell GPs and/or specialists about our products.
  • We have set up a project to optimize the sending of letters, invoices and statements. These documents are now grouped together in the same envelope and printed recto-verso. With savings of more than 1.4 million sheets and 200,000 envelopes, this action reduces our impact by the equivalent of 16 tonnes of CO2 per year.

Water use

  • More cool water with less water
    In 2010, the installation of a new cooling system using fog to replace air refrigeration towers led to reduction in water use at the Soual site by 10%, i.e. 8,000 m3 per year.
  • Optimized cleaning
    By setting up an overall water economy plan with actions such as reusing recent water to wash production vats for the first subsequent washing cycle, our Gien factory has reduced water use by 18% in 5 years, i.e. 34,000 m3.
  • Changes to the aerosol control process
    By modifying the control procedure for aerosol air-tightness, our production site at Château-Renard has reduced water use by 20%, i.e. 10,000 m3 per year.
  • Biotechnology and single use materials
    At the R&D site of Saint-Julien-en-Genevois, as part of a project to produce monoclonal antibodies, the decision to use single-use materials has gererated on 87% saving of water use compared to conventional procedures that require materials to be washed and sterilized several times.