The future for Energy: consuming less, smarter and sustainably

Published on: June 7, 2023 | By: Annabelle Harreguy, Head of Global Health, Safety & Environment, Sanofi | Michele Ghinizzini, Head of Global Engineering, Sanofi


Solar Panels, Montpellier, France
Solar Panels, Montpellier, France
Climate change is one of the most pressing challenges of our time. As a healthcare company, we understand the urgency and share a drive to take action. 

More than ever before, transitioning to renewable energies and consuming energies in a sustainable way are a priority, and that’s what we’re doing at Sanofi.

We’re committed to building the road to carbon neutrality by 2030 and net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2045. And we’re stepping up to lead by example with concrete actions.

Improving Energy Efficiency

Combining energy efficiency and decarbonization of our energy supplies, we’re adopting a three-pronged approach: consume less, consume smarter, and consume sustainably.  

Our approach to energy efficiency extends to all our activities, buildings, processes, and utilities. In 2022, to structure our journey, we devised a robust structure for achieving energy efficiency.

As a member of the RE100 initiative, we’ve also committed to sourcing 100% renewable electricity across all our operations by 2030. And we’re making strides: renewable electricity already powers all our operations in France and 62% of our electricity needs globally.

Can we do more? Absolutely.

Producing Renewable Electricity

Beyond transitioning to renewable electricity, we’re also creating it. For the past 10 years, our Saint-Loubès, Ambarès, Aramon, and Sisteron sites in France have been producing solar electricity that is fed back into the French electricity network thanks to photovoltaic shading in parking lots.

Because we want to do more, we’re upping the scale, reach, and capabilities. In Australia, France, Italy, and India, we’re installing larger solar power plants on bigger surfaces to produce our own renewable electricity to meet part of our consumption needs. Thanks to these large solar panel systems, we’re generating 19.6GWh/year, saving 5,372 tons of CO2e. And that’s just the beginning.

What’s next? New installations are planned for our Ambarès, Amilly, Aramon, Neuville, Sisteron, Tours in France, Anagni, Scoppito, Origgio in Italy, Shenzhen & Beijing in China, Waterford in Ireland. 

Fostering Renewable Thermal Energy

To strengthen our commitment, we’ve also joined the Renewable Thermal Collaborative. Natural gas remains the predominant source of heating for industries. By joining the Renewable Thermal Collaborative, we’re joining forces with other leading companies to accelerate the decarbonization of our direct emissions, electrifying our activities through solutions like heat pumps and other low-carbon alternatives like biomethane.

In our Val de Reuil, Marcy l’Etoile, Aramon, and Vitry-sur-Seine sites in France, we’ve supplied 75GWh/year of biomethane, resulting in a total saving of 13,650 tons of CO2e.

Marcy L’Etoile, France

Marcy L’Etoile, France


Related content

Our Environmental Sustainability commitments

Learn more on our commitments.

Our Journey to Fight Climate Change

We’ve accelerated progress on our commitments towards carbon neutrality by 2030 and net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2045 across our operations and value chain.

Our teams’ commitment for the planet

The energy and creativity of our employees is driving new ways to make Sanofi’s sites and activities environmentally sustainable.