Bioprocess Solutions Manufacturing Footprint

Localizing Manufacturing for Sustainability

Discover how localized manufacturing delivers significant environmental benefits.

Saint-Gobain is dedicated to creating sustainable solutions that drive positive environmental change. The localization initiatives for our various products underscores this commitment. One early outcome of this strategic shift has been a significant reduction of COemissions by 32,000 kg annually (as calculated for our Sani-Tech® STHT®-R silicone tubing) and exemplifies our focus on responsible manufacturing.

Localizing Production

This commitment to responsible manufacturing is just one part of our broader sustainability strategy. We're actively pursuing a multi-faceted approach to reducing our environmental impact, with a strong focus on decarbonization and circular economy initiatives.

Local manufacturing for reduced transportation

Saint-Gobain emphasizes local manufacturing whenever possible. 

Why this matters: 
Manufacturing closer to the point of use shortens transport distances, cutting fuel consumption, carbon emissions, and air pollution.

LCA analyses for a comprehensive view

Saint-Gobain commits to conducting Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) analyses for 100% of its products by 2030. 

Why this matters: 
LCAs meticulously track the environmental impacts of products throughout their entire lifespan, from raw material extraction to disposal. This data empowers informed decision-making to reduce a product's environmental footprint.

Renewable energy for cleaner operations

Saint-Gobain sources renewable energy for most of its U.S. plants.

Why this matters: 
Switching to solar, wind, or other renewable energy sources significantly reduces greenhouse gas emissions and combats climate change compared to traditional fossil fuels.

The ValPlus™ Solution - Validation, Sustainability, Confidence

New White Paper: Mitigate Risk, Lower Overall Cost, and Enhance Sustainability Efforts with Saint-Gobain ValPlus™ Certification

C-Flex® tubing formulation

Saint-Gobain's ValPlus­™ reduces water usage for the biopharmaceutical industry. 

Circular Economy

Water conservation with ValPlus Service

Saint-Gobain's innovative ValPlus™ Service eliminates the need to rinse tubing interiors, resulting in significant water savings.

Why this matters: Conserving water, especially high-quality Water For Injection (WFI), reduces pressure on freshwater sources and lowers the energy required for water treatment and purification. ValPlus has been qualified for C-Flex® 374, C-Flex® 082, Sani-Tech® STHT®-C, Sani-Tech® STHT®-65, Sani-Tech® STHT®-R, and PharmaFluor® FEP. 

Recycling partnerships for circularity

Saint-Gobain actively collaborates with bioprocessing leaders to develop recycling and reprocessing solutions for some of our flagship tubing products. 

Why this matters: Recycling minimizes the need to extract new resources, conserves landfill space, and reduces pollution from waste disposal.

Sustainable packaging for reduced waste

Saint-Gobain prioritizes the development of sustainable packaging solutions. 

Why this matters: Sustainable packaging often uses recycled content, is designed for recyclability or reuse, and minimizes excess material – all contributing to a reduction in the environmental burden of packaging waste.

Exploring alternative raw materials

Saint-Gobain diligently researches the use of alternative raw materials in its products. 

Why this matters: Substituting traditional raw materials with renewable, recycled, or less resource-intensive options decreases the impact of resource extraction and our carbon footprint.

Saint-Gobain Collaborating on Industry Consortium Roadmap

Industry groups within BioPhorum are investigating how to improve the efficiency of water use in biopharmaceutical manufacturing. Listen to insights from Saint-Gobain's Narendar Yeshwanth, PhD, Vice President for Research and Development, and Innovation.

Sustainability Roadmap for Biopharma

Industry Consortium to Develop Sustainability Roadmap for Biopharma