Environmental Responsibility

Protecting the environment
“Saft is fully aware of its responsibilities in terms of product stewardship and resource preservation; consequently, it has initiated a very pro-active environmental protection policy.” Patrick de Metz, Saft Environmental Director

Saft endeavours to be pro-active in the areas of sustainable development.  Saft policy is to fully comply with – and even exceed – regulations laws directives and voluntary targets concerning health, safety and the environment and ethical standards. Saft also strives to maximise the use of secondary rather than primary raw materials – also a contribution to sustainable development.

PRODUCT BENEFITS

Saft provides the widest range of industrial batteries on the market.  They are continually enhanced to respond to customers’ specific needs. In addition to bringing benefits to customers, Saft batteries are designed to minimise their environmental impact. They help reduce customers’ environmental footprint, too. For example:

  • Saft batteries in automated meters are replaced only after 12 - 16 years of use, thus reducing the amount of waste generated
  • Saft energy storage systems help harness solar and wind power and so contribute to reducing CO2 emissions.
  • Saft’s 250 V on-board Li-ion battery enables rail operators to capture, store and reuse rolling stock braking energy for traction – resulting in energy efficiency.

LCA

Saft is the first battery supplier to carry out a full Life Cycle Assessment (LCA). LCA involves collecting measurements throughout the different phases of a product (manufacturing, use, end-of-life) to discover where changes are necessary to reduce the environmental footprint. This is a strategic are of development for Saft in the coming years. The Saft LCAs can be used by customers to complement their own LCA programmes.

End of life

Long before it became compulsory, Saft had introduced a bring-back programme. This facility is now in place worldwide, covering 35 countries, well beyond the EU-27 area.
The returned batteries are systematically recycled where possible and the materials re-used either in new batteries or in other industries.

14001 certification

The environmental management systems at all European facilities are now ISO 14001 certified. The Saft Zhuhai facility in China is also 14001 certified.

ISO 14001 certified manufacturing sites:

  • Saft Zhuhai, China
  • Saft Bordeaux, France
  • Saft Poitiers Space and Defence, France
  • Saft Poitiers Lithium Battery Division, France
  • Saft Nersac, France
  • FRIWO, Germany
  • Saft Ferak, Czech Republic
  • Tadiran, Israel
  • Saft Oskarshamn, Sweden
  • Tadiran, Germany     

Data has been subject to verification by a Statutory Auditor with moderate assurance

 The company has developed a range of indicators to assess – and improve – the impact of its activity on the environment.  These include water usage, the quality of water releases, the quality of air releases, energy consumption and waste generated.

The benefits of LCA

Saft’s Evolion maintenance-free telecommunications battery was the first Saft product to undergo a full Life Cycle Assessment. Other than the undeniable advantages for customers, the Evolion® Li-ion battery is more compact and lighter than conventional batteries, making it easier to transport and install.  It has a long calendar life and minimises generator run time, thus saving fuel and reducing CO2 emissions. It is also RoHS compliant.

Greenhouse gas balance

Saft has initiated a greenhouse gas audit at its sites on French territory in compliance with French law.  This audit covers direct emissions and indirect emissions linked to energy.  Depending on the results, Saft will decide to extend its scope.  More information on the greenhouse gas audit can be found in: