Thales deploys an energy usage and efficiency plan
As part of its strategy for a low-carbon future launched in 2019, Thales is strengthening its approach to energy usage and efficiency. The Group is aiming for a 10% reduction in electricity and gas consumption in France by 2024 compared to 2019.
Thales is a low-energy intensive company compared to other industrial players. Indeed, the core of its energy consumption comes from laboratories and the Group is already committed to using energy responsibility for the long term.
The focus of the Group’s actions has been on electricity, which accounts for the majority of its energy mix (86% in 2021). In 2022, Thales achieved an important milestone with 100% of its electricity supply in France now coming from renewable sources (32% Worldwide).
In the current context of a global energy crisis, amplified in Europe by the war in Ukraine, Thales is elevating its ambition by deploying a new energy usage and efficiency plan.
In line with Thales’s technology-driven DNA, the plan includes four prongs:
- Standardisation of good practices and raising awareness of eco-actions among employees;
- Self-production and energy efficiency;
- Real estate footprint optimisation;
- Strengthening of sustainable mobility initiatives.
This plan is part of the Thales strategy for a low-carbon future, which aims to reduce operational CO₂ emissions by 35%* in absolute value between 2018 and 2023, 50% by 2030, and net-zero in 2040.
Outside of France, the Group will develop energy efficiency plans for its operations in ten other countries that account, with France, for more than 90% of its energy consumption: Australia, Belgium, Canada, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Singapore, the United Kingdom and the United States.
Our energy saving initiatives are neither short-term nor temporary. They are part of our commitment to the protection of the environment, which is one of the three structuring axes of Thales's CSR policy. This is a long-term approach, with a gradual deployment throughout the Group.
Sophie Le Pennec, Vice President, Thales Group Health, Safety and Environment
THE PLAN FOR FRANCE IN DETAIL
Standardisation of best practices across the Group and raising awareness among employees
Adoption of four best practices across the Group
Actions to raise awareness among employees:
Self-production and energy efficiency
Installation of parks of photovoltaic panels on suitable sites
Heat recovery, especially in data centres
Local initiatives on all sites: optimisation of data centres, replacement of energy-consuming equipment, replacement of lighting with LEDs, installation of new types of equipment (biomass, heat recovery, heat pumps, etc.)
Real estate optimisation : the Connect project
Sustainable mobility Initiatives
*Scope 1&2 and Scope 3 business travel
**On an exception basis, fuel-powered vehicles could be included in the policy based on each country’s energy mix.