Environmental footprint – permanently improving industrial practices
Reducing its environmental footprint is one of the Arkema group’s five aims as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) policy.
To succeed in this endeavor, the Group is improving its industrial practices. The aim is to decrease its emission levels and reduce its consumption of energy, water and non-renewable raw materials.
A tool to oversee the environmental performance: the EFPIs
In order to oversee its environmental performance more precisely and provide a consolidated Group data report better suited to describe the evolution of this performance, the Arkema Group has adopted a methodology enabling its plants to report on intensive indicators, indicators of intensity.
This methodology limits the impact of any changes to its business scope, its plants’ productions, as well as any change to the method used to assess or compute environmental footprint variables.
These intensive indicators, called Environmental Footprint Performance Indicators (EFPIs), were subject to an audit by an Independent Third Party Body.
In 2013, the Group decided to realise its sustainable development commitments by setting out four new objectives for 2020 primarily translating its resolve to reduce its environmental footprint and boost its operational excellence.
These 2020 targets, with 2012 as the baseline, focus on:
- climate: reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 30%;
- emissions to air: reduce its volatile organic compounds emissions by 20%;
- emissions to water: reduce its chemical oxygen demand emissions by 20%.
Furthermore, as regards resource consumption, the Arkema group has set a target to reduce its energy net purchases by an average of 1.5% every year.