Climate change, chronic diseases, cybersecurity – sometimes, the magnitude of the challenges facing society can feel dizzying. Yet the technology for responding to these trends is not beyond our reach – quite to the contrary. Air Liquide is one of the companies developing deep tech1 solutions to tackle them, through a cooperative approach to innovation that will be the key to its success.
Inauguration of the Campus Technologies Grenoble
Founded in 1962 and newly revamped, the site designs and manufactures solutions for the deep tech (space, extreme cryogenics) and energy transition (biogas, hydrogen mobility) markets.
The Air Liquide Foundation has teamed up with the Sci-Bono Discovery Centre, South Africa’s flagship science center and Sub-Saharan Africa’s largest, to support information technology training for underprivileged youths. This 27-week program will help 26 students gain a much-needed vocational qualification and enter the workforce with confidence.
Air Liquide’s sustainable procurement policy focuses on suppliers with best-in-class environmental, social, ethical and economic performance. From selecting sustainability-critical suppliers to identifying corrective actions and ensuring continuous improvement, close collaboration is critical every step of the relationship. Karen Quah, Senior Analyst, Sustainable and Collaborative Procurement for Air Liquide in Asia Pacific, tells us more.
Air Liquide, as a major player in home healthcare, works with patient associations to adapt its solutions that support chronic diseases and lifestyle changes. To help people with diabetes, the Group has collaborated with the French association Aide aux Jeunes Diabétiques (AJD) to provide international reach to a series of educational videos aimed at young diabetics. We met with Carine Choleau, Director of Aide aux Jeunes Diabétiques.
Celebrating 30 years of Air Liquide in China
On this occasion, the Shanghai Tower (culminating at 632 m) displayed the company logo
Since the launch of Air Liquide’s Voice of the Customer (VoC) platform in 2017, many of our entities have collected customer feedback on our environmental performance. In line with our recently announced sustainable development objectives, the Group now plans to go one step further, covering all activities and geographical areas, while enlarging the scope of the questions to new topics, such as ethics and sustainable development.
Hydrogen has a key role to play in the energy mix of the future and is, along with biomethane, at the heart of the clean transport revolution. Air Liquide is committed to the energy transition and is currently strengthening its lead in these growth markets by developing large-scale projects and strategic partnerships.
Improving the quality of life of patients requires an overhaul of the continuum of care. As a leading home healthcare provider, this is our conviction. Doing so requires putting the benefits expected by our patients first and measuring them. Air Liquide, in partnership with healthcare professionals, is coordinating an approach which favors personalized support programs for patients in their homes. This approach has reached a new level with the health crisis.
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Biomethane is an upgraded form of biogas which can be used to fuel trucks, fed into the grid or used for industrial applications in place of fossil-based natural gas. Moreover, as it is produced from waste products, this renewable form of natural gas has a highly positive environmental impact. These characteristics have not gone unnoticed, as the UK government regulations begin to favor biomethane and business to discover its potential.
Innovation never stops. It’s the lifeblood of our customers’ industries, and it’s in our DNA. In 2020, as the world adapted to the Covid-19 crisis, Air Liquide picked up the pace to meet accelerated demand for digital technology, energy transition and scientific research.
The health crisis has put pressure on production and logistics chains in many sectors. Air Liquide supports manufacturers in their quest for agility, competitiveness and sustainable solutions thanks to its unique strengths: technological expertise, in-depth knowledge of customer processes, its presence at the heart of local economies… And its ability to innovate relentlessly.
ACT for a sustainable future
Aviation is responsible for 2% of CO2 emissions and is at the heart of ecological issues. For aircraft as well as for airports, hydrogen could help cut emissions by 50% by 2050. Present across the entire hydrogen value chain, Air Liquide is using its technical and industrial expertise in hydrogen to help decarbonize aviation from the ground to the air. Learn how.