At Nexans, a global player in sustainable electrification, we put our expertise and innovative power to work for the energy transition.

Goose Creek, view from Charleston's plant

We embrace our role and responsibility in sustainable electrification and have made commitments aligned with the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi): to reach net-zero emissions by 2050, to reduce our absolute Scope 1 and Scope 2 greenhouse gas emissions by 46% by 2030, and to reduce our Scope 3 emissions by 30% by 2030 (compared to the 2019 base year).

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Nexans takes climate action

Reducing our environmental impact is a top priority. To reduce the carbon footprint of the cable industry, over the entire cable life cycle, we at Nexans offer our customers innovative, connected and low-carbon products and services that help limit global warming:

  • a new material with recycled aluminum content to reduce the carbon footprint of electrical cables;
  • a range of low-carbon distribution cables that reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 35% to 50%, depending on the product;
  • a chemical safety program with an annual target for eliminating dangerous substances.
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Nexans supports a circular economy

From metallurgical operations to cable recycling, Nexans has developed a unique circular economy approach for copper, aluminum, plastic compounds, water, cable drums and packaging.

Helping to build a circular economy – encompassing our products, industrial processes and supply chain – is one of the main ambitions of the Group’s CSR policy.

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Assessing the entire value chain

Nexans assesses the entire value chain of products and services to identify opportunities for optimizing environmental performance.

In addition to our net-zero pledge, we are building a whole ecosystem to address climate change and making bold commitments and changes across our value chain:

  1. Vertically integrating our copper rod production
  2. Shifting the focus of our facilities’ operations to sustainable electrification, to optimize our industrial footprint
  3. Concentrating the Group’s industrial footprint so that our customers are served within a reasonable distance from a given production site
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Nexans reinforces our suppliers’ sustainability commitments

Our 15,000 suppliers are a vital part of the Group’s ecosystem and sustainability ambitions. From one end to the other of the value chain, we actively engage with them to achieve our goals. This means working alongside our suppliers to find innovative means of reducing carbon emissions and raw material waste across the supply chain, from copper and aluminum extraction to raw material production to transportation, through to the elimination of end-of-life products. Nexans has launched an online assessment platform offering our suppliers and partners a transparent view of their E3 performance, as measured by scores on each of the model’s three pillars. The E3 supplier platform is a powerful tool for the Group, because it helps us to select partners whose values and priorities best match Nexans’ focus on sustainable electrification and value creation.

Aligning the downstream value chain structure with E3 principles

The Group’s “local-for-local” approach translates our belief that the large majority of our customers must be served within a reasonable distance. This commitment optimizes the Group’s carbon footprint attributable to transportation.

Accordingly, as of 2024, Nexans is using a virtual tool to model the internal price of the carbon impact on each site’s profitability and applying it to different components of GHG emissions, in particular, those related to long-distance transport.

Likewise, Nexans is participating in several initiatives to reduce transport-related carbon emissions. For example, in 2020 the Group joined the FRET21 program, a joint initiative taken by AUTF (association of users of goods transportation), ADEME (French environment and energy management agency) and the French ministry for Ecological Transition and Solidarity.

Using the E3 model, each customer is assessed to measure the GHG emissions it requires for production and maintenance, compared to their financial performance. Nexans assesses all the operations involved in our relations with customers and the meeting of their needs, including the production, assembly and installation stages.

Nexans sponsors environmental causes

Fabrice Amedeo and ocean preservation

Nexans is sponsoring Fabrice Amedeo, an environmentally engaged skipper who will be competing in his third Vendée Globe in 2024. The offshore racer has installed oceanographic sensors on his IMOCA monohull to measure temperature, salinity and CO2 levels in the surface waters, as well as microplastics and environmental DNA.

This valuable data will give the international scientific community a better understanding of the impacts of global warming and pollution on oceans. For his third trip around the world, Fabrice Amedeo has decided to deepen his environmental commitment by sailing the oceans without the use of fossil fuels.

His boat will be propelled and powered by the wind, water and sun. Nexans is a partner in his race and has developed all of the wiring for the monohull, using lighter, more efficient aerospace and solar cables that offer excellent mechanical and moisture resistance.

Installation of Nexans cables on the new Nexans-Arts and Windows building

I am very happy and proud to be setting off once again, buoyed by this support and our shared mission to sail without fossil fuels. We believe that sports set an example in our society, and we want to send the message that the energy transition is compatible with performance. We will also be crossing the world’s oceans equipped with sensors to collect valuable data for the scientific community and raise young people’s awareness.

Fabrice Amedeo
Fabrice Amedeo

offshore racer, Journalist and author