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.
Arkenergy – a program to better control energy consumption
The Arkema group is working hard to control and optimize its energy consumption. As a result, it is improving its production practices and has implemented an energy savings program called “Arkenergy”.
To this end, Arkema is supported by a network of Energy Saving Leaders (ESL) on each industrial site. A steering committee coordinates the actions of this network and monitors its progress. The Steering Committee works with in-house or outside experts, and with the business units.
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.
Conserving natural 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.
The recycling of products coming from the deconstruction of roads helps to limit the environmental impact on sites by reducing the needed resources to build or renovate roads.
Adding in bitumen additives Cecabase® RT allows
to increase the rate of recycled aggregates from 10 to 15% compared to traditional techniques.
They also help to low heating temperatures of the bitumen, reducing up to 30% the energy consumption.
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.
2.8 billion people to be impacted in 2025
United Nations experts estimate that 2.8 billion people will be impacted by water shortages in 2025.
According to the United Nations, based on the current growth rates of the world’s population and its freshwater needs, the average quantity of available water per inhabitant should decrease by 30% by 2025.
Actions to optimize production processes
The Arkema group is working hard to reduce the consumption of non-renewable resources in its production processes. To this end, it is improving its production practices.
Studies are conducted for the creation of all new facilities in order to optimize the production process and increase yield. As a result, the consumption of raw materials has been lowered for the same production levels.