Improving the energy efficiency of bioMérieux’s international distribution center, as part of the expansion of the facilities

bioMérieux is seizing the opportunity of its distribution site expansion to improve the energy efficiency of the building.

Main project's drivers for reducing the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions

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Energy and resource efficiency

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Energy Decarbonisation

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Energy efficiency improvements

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Improving efficiency in non-energy resources

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Emission removal

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Financing low-carbon issuers or disinvestment from carbon assets

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Reduction of other greenhouse gases emission

Project objectives

Minimizing the carbon footprint associated with the activities of the bioMérieux site in Saint-Vulbas, in particular as part of the expansion of the company’s international distribution center.

Detailed project description

In its specifications, the expansion project of the Saint-Vulbas international distribution center includes the following measures for improving the energy efficiency of the building:

  • Electrical production from renewable sources: installation of photovoltaic panels allowing self-production of 5% of annual power requirements (1st phase, 1400 m2); 10% once the 2ndphase is completed
  • Thermal insulation
  • Low-consumption lighting

Emission scope(s)

on which the project has a significant impact

Scope 1

Direct emissions generated by the company's activity.

Scope 2

Indirect emissions associated with the company's electricity and heat consumption.

Scope 3

Emissions induced (upstream or downstream) by the company's activities, products and/or services in its value chain.

Emission Removal

Carbon sinks creation, (BECCS, CCU/S, …)

Avoided Emissions

Emissions avoided by the activities, products and/or services in charge of the project, or by the financing of emission reduction projects.

Scope 1 : Thermal insulation of the future building : quantification : Not assessed

Scope 2 :

Low-consumption lighting : 70% reduction in power usage was achieved by installing low-consumption lighting.

Production of 5% of annual power requirements, up to 10% at a later stage, using photovoltaic panels : Emissions reduced by 20 tons eqCO2, then by 40 tons eqCO2, based on current power consumption (i.e., before the expansion)

Emissions factor for grid power in France = 0.075 kg eqCO2/kWh

CO2 emissions of site in its current configuration (before commissioning of the new building) = 184,353 kg

CO2 emissions with photovoltaic panels providing 5% of total power consumption of site in its current configuration = 165,917 kg

CO2 emissions with photovoltaic panels providing 10% of total power consumption of site in its current configuration = 147,482 kg

Key points

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Invested amount

6.2 M €

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Starting date of the project

December 2020: Start of installation
January 2021: Commissioning

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Project localisation

Saint Vulbas, Ain

Project maturity level

Prototype laboratory test (TRL 7)

Real life testing (TRL 7-8)

Pre-commercial prototype (TRL 9)

Small-scale implementation

Medium to large scale implementation

Economic profitability of the project (ROI)

Short term (0-3 years)

Middle term (4-10 years)

Long term (> 10 years)

Illustrations of the project

The project contributes to the following SDGs:

  • SDG 7 – Clean and affordable energy, by installing photovoltaic panels to reduce grid power consumption
  • SDG 13 – Measures relating to climate change, by implementing solutions aimed at reducing the energy footprint of a new building (thermal insulation/airtightness, low-consumption lighting, recourse to self-production from a renewable energy source for some of the site’s power needs)

To promote the reproducibility of the project, collaboration with local actors must be strengthened.  Studies for the installation of photovoltaic panels are in progress on the other sites (shades, ground panels), with assessment of possible financial assistance depending on geographical location.

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