Optimizing our ressources consumption: industrial practices which are improving
The Arkema group is contributing to global efforts to conserve natural resources. It is reducing its energy consumption, limiting its use of water and optimizing its processes in order to reduce its consumption of non-renewable raw materials.
A better use of energy
Since November, 21th 2014, the Arkema Group is ISO 50001 certified. Gradually, the substantially energy-consuming sites will be attached to this ISO 50001 certificate. As part of this approach, energy performance diagnostics are realized. An energy management system is putted in place with a monitoring of indicators through a dashboard and with an approach of constant improvement. This certification is a success for the entire Group. It reward the efforts made by all the “Arkenergy program” actors. Arkenergy aims to reduce energy consumption of our different sites.
Arkenergy – a program to better control energy consumption
The program “arkenergy” is in function since a few years. It aims to improve production practices to optimize and control energy consumption of the Arkema group.
A steering committee coordinates a network of Energy Leaders on each industrial site. It ensure progress monitoring and surrounds itself with in-house or consulting experts.
The Arkenergy program is divided into three main parts:
- increasing awareness and progress indicators,
- best practices for managing and maintaining operations,
- investing to reduce energy consumption.
While the sales turnover of the Arkema group increased from €5.7 to €6.4 billion between 2006 and 2012, its energy consumption dropped by 26% (absolute values in TWh). But this strong decrease is due to the cession of business activities which included some major electricity consumers. The use of the intensive values (EFPI) enables the Arkema Group to have a more representative monitoring of its performance.
The Arkema Group set up a target of annual reduction of 1.5% of its energy consumption between 2012 and 2020.
Preserving fossil fuel resources
Moving towards the depletion of fossil fuel resources
Energy conservation is a major issue for our world and future generations. Fossil fuel energies (oil, gas, uranium) used for transportation and domestic heating were built up over hundreds of millions of years. These reserves are now being depleted.
Between 1970 and 2010 world energy consumption increased by nearly 120%. At this rate, energy needs could even double again by 2050.
Thus, The Arkema group wishes to use renewable raw materials to preserve fossil resources in the face of growing population needs.
Actions to optimize the use of raw materials
Non-renewable raw materials savings during production is a key notion within the Arkema group. Each new unit is studied to optimize processes and increase yield. The quantity of raw material is diminished for a same production.
The Arkema group develops products limiting the use of raw materials. Opaque polymers Celocor® allows a reduction in quantity of TiO2 in waterborne paints while keeping the same properties.
Preserve water resources
Actions to reduce water consumption
The Arkema group wants to contribute to better access to water for all. To this end, it is improving its production practices to reduce its consumption of water by:
- implementing consumption reduction methods
- using closed circuit cooling systems
The Group wishes to make its contribution to an optimised consumption of water
Moreover, the Arkema group took actions, based on local constraints and on the sites' activities that concern a wide variety of issues, including better monitoring of consumption, installation of flowmeters, introduction of leak detection programmes, changing the technologies, upgrading fire-fighting circuits, recovering rainwater, and recycling water from scrubbing or boiler condensates.
In the United States, in 2013 Arkema Inc. invested into a new cooling tower at its Memphis site, which should enable the facility to reduce its water usage by 1.5 Mm3 in 2014 and should lead to an economy of 2 Mm3 per year over the coming years.
Access to water for all is a key issue
Global water demand for domestic, agricultural and industrial needs is increasing faster than the population.
The Arkema group is developing innovative products and solutions for water treatment.