Decarb Fast Track: 50 Industrial Groups Meet in Paris to Reaffirm Their Ambitious Target to Reduce CO2 Emissions

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Decarb Fast Track's first Pioneers Day on October 1éth, 2023

Paris, October 12, 2023 – Having completed a demanding selection process, 50 key industrial groups are meeting today in Paris to launch the operational phase of the Decarb Fast Track programme. The result of a partnership between METRON, DALKIA, BNP PARIBAS and Amazon Web Services (AWS), this programme will deploy an innovative energy management solution at the selected industrial sites to achieve their shared ambition of saving 100,000 tonnes of CO2 by the end of the program.

Announced in November 2022, the Decarb Fast Track programme aims to accelerate the decarbonisation of industry, through:

  • “Pioneer” industrial sites: 50 sites rigorously selected for their commitment to energy transition, enabling them to achieve a reduction of 100,000 tons of CO2 by the end of the 24-month program;
  • Deployment of the innovative “METRON” energy management solution on their production sites, enabling real-time analysis and monitoring of consumption and emissions, to reduce both their energy consumption and their carbon footprint;
  • Personalised expertise and support from the programme’s four initiators: AWSBNP PARIBASDALKIA and METRON, to identify, implement and finance energy performance projects.
The selected manufacturers are meeting today at DALKIA's premises in La Défense to work together on their shared ambition to be decarbonisation pioneers.

On this occasion, they reaffirmed their shared objective of being agents of the energy transition, and their enthusiasm for the innovative capacity of European companies to contribute to it. Throughout the day, they took part in expert roundtables to share best practices in their respective industries, and to discuss the financing of decarbonisation projects, a crucial factor in the drive to take action. The event was brought to a close by Lionel Le Maux, Chairman of the Transition Forum, an association committed to the transition to a low-carbon future, of which METRON has been a member since 2022.

A number of the Pioneers were keen to testify:

Aimeric MATHEY, Director of McCormick & Company‘s Carpentras plant: “We’re delighted and excited to be starting this pioneer programme. Thanks to these technological resources and the support of this team of experts, I’m convinced that we’re going to see a major acceleration in the reduction of our carbon footprint in the future.” [The McCormick food brand is the world leader in flavours, herbs and spices and condiments, and is renowned for its Ducros and Vahiné brands in France… The Carpentras industrial site is a complex site with 4 main activities (logistics hub, material processing, preparation and blending and packaging) employing over 250 people].

Benjamin OZANNE, Head of General Resources and Energy Manager for the Aptar Group“Decarb Fast Track is a very positive thing for the French industrial sector, and a great opportunity for the Aptar Group to reduce its energy consumption and CO2 emissions. We joined Decarb Fast Track to be able to benefit from the power and community of other industrial companies, so that we can initiate energy-saving measures that we don’t yet know about. Together, we’re stronger.” [The Aptar Group is a global leader in the pharmaceutical industry, designing and manufacturing a range of drug and consumer product dispensing, sealing and active packaging solutions and services. The group has a long-standing commitment to sustainability, including having become the first industrial company in France to operate on 100% green energy].

Francesco BRAGAGNI, Marcegaglia‘s Energy Director: “We hope to play an active part in this important programme to increase energy efficiency by making the consumption of the sites concerned more efficient, both for production cycles and for utilities/auxiliaries.” [Marcegaglia is Italy’s leading industrial group in the steel sector, in business for over sixty years. Marcegaglia is strongly committed to decarbonisation, investing for example in H2 Green Steel, the world’s first zero-emission steel mill. They have deployed 5 sites in the program].

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