Using our expertise to help customers meet environmental challenges
Thales’s systems and products must meet the stringent safety and reliability requirements of the aeronautics, space, defence, transport and security markets. But given that “green innovation” is a source of creativity and growth that creates real opportunities, the Group does everything it can to integrate the environment when designing its products.
Because Thales supplies many solutions to customers for integration in other systems, it is difficult to measure their specific environmental footprint – particularly as concerns CO2 – as the conditions of use and decommissioning are unknown.
Examples include equipment embedded on-board aircraft and trains. However, knowing that reducing its environmental impact truly sets it apart, the Group uses eco-design principles and specific life cycle analysis methods for all of its solutions.
Given the long life cycle of many Thales solutions (from several years to several decades), about 90% of their environmental impact occurs in the use phase. Any reduction in the weight of equipment placed on-board mobile systems and any improvement in their energy efficiency therefore represents significant progress for the value chain.
An active approach to replacing high-risk substances
Some chemical substances used in Thales processes and products may pose risks to the environment and/or human health and could be banned in certain geographic areas.
Aware of this challenge, the Group has launched an extensive replacement programme to anticipate and protect itself from the risk of obsolescence by developing lasting solutions as early as possible. Studies conducted internally or with industrial partners often lead to major changes, such as the redesigning of products, requalification of processes or rescoping of industrial tools.
Phasing our chromates
Thales has spent over 5 million euros to qualify over 30 industrial processes to replace chromates in its applications, deploy approved solutions in its equipment and systems and ensure its contractors’ability to use replacements in their own processes.