- bioMérieux recognizes that the environmental impact of a product throughout its life cycle is, for the most part, determined during the design phase. On this basis, the company has implemented an "eco-design" working group to set out recommendations for formally integrating the environmental aspects of product life cycle in the development process.
- The company is applying this eco-design approach to the development of products currently underway. As an example, the design of the new VIDAS® 3 takes into account:
- the choice of low-energy consumption components,
- the definition of control processes to reduce energy needs,
- the choice of more environmentally friendly materials for instrument casing and packaging,
- the reduction of the number of paper printouts, through:
- condensed printing formats,
- the optimization of print data,
- user-friendly software that facilitates access to on-screen information.
Eco-design of buildings
A new building in the Saint-Louis site (United-States) was awarded the LEED1 Gold label in early 2010. A new R&D building completed end of 2013 in la Balme-les-Grottes (France), achieved full certification according to the “NF Bâtiments Tertiaires - Démarche HQE2 Neuf” standard in June 2014. The HQE profile defined for the building focuses on the building environmental performance as well as on the comfort (visual, thermal, etc.) and health of users.1 LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) : voluntary program of the US Green Building Council that provides third-party verification of green buildings
2 HQE (Haute Qualité Environnementale) High Environmental Quality : French green building certification scheme