Companies, Industrials, Professional associations , ...All of them trust the PEP ecopassport® program and explain why :
The proportion of our turnover generated by products covered by PEPs has seen a regular increaseIn the late 1990s, along with Thomson, Alstom, Alcatel, Schneider and IBM, Legrand was a pioneer in implementing the principles of Life Cycle Analysis (LCA).
With assistance from ADEME, these firms created EIME, an LCA tool speaking their "language". From the early 2000s, the group's LCA expert, Hervé Davail, was carrying out Legrand's first LCAs and presenting the approach to those involved in the product design process.
Legrand's R&D subsequently consolidated its LCA expertise, starting with training of around ten engineering departments in France. Since then, LCA has been rolled out throughout the Group within the scope of Legrand's Product Environment Policy. The first PEPs available for download on Legrand France's corporate website in 2006 met immediate success within the scope of the first HQE (high environmental quality) tenders.
Legrand has always sought to avoid making doubtful claims, more recently referred to as "Green Washing", by, for instance, promoting "halogen-free" products or products with other so-called green characteristics.It has been chosen to focus communication on multicriteria environmental impacts. As such, when Legrand showcases "eco-designed products", this feature is demonstrated in a fully comparative approach based on their life cycle.In fact, by detecting the sources of the main impacts, the LCA provides scope for improving the design of new products.
In many cases, the process involves developing certain aspects which already have a significant role in routine practice (reduction of material weight, function integration, etc.). However, LCA offers an original perspective and thus also acts as a vehicle for concept innovation.In conjunction with the creation of the PEP association, Legrand has committed itself to systemising the publication of PEPs. According to a progress plan supported by an official commitment on the part of the Group, the proportion of turnover generated by products covered by PEPs has seen a regular increase, from 24% in 2010 to 30% in 2011, 37% in 2012, and 47% in 2013.
The next Sustainable Development Roadmap for 2014-2018 will feature a further quantified commitment.This progression firstly stems from dissemination of know-how: 76 % of the Legrand Group's 58 R&D platforms currently conduct LCA and, while Hervé Davail remains the Group's senior adviser, other experts are set to take on an auditing role.
In conclusion, we should take a look at the business dimension which is an essential factor in the success of this corporate process. In France, the PEP has begun a preliminary requirement for some projects.In Australia, the approach was an immediate success: the sales teams requested completion of the few PEPs available for EXCELL, a local Legrand wiring device range launched in 2012.
In the USA, PEP data was initially not considered to be essential, even though R&D teams have shown a strong interest in eco-design tools. However, with the recognition of environmental declarations according to ISO 14025 in the latest version of the LEED guidelines, the situation is rapidly changing.In addition, given the leadership of LEED on the Green Building market, there is no doubt that this development will soon extend beyond the USA!(*) LCA: Life Cycle Analysis of a product or service. This analysis is used to estimate the environmental impacts of all the activities involved for a service or the use of a product, from material extraction to end-of-life.
This approach is described by standard ISO 14040 and its related standards.
15 May 2014