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%. But this strong decrease is due to the cession of business activities which included some major electricity consumers. A restatement of the data excluding these activities, led to the following evolution trend, more representative of reality.
Arkema decreased close to 2% a year its net purchases of energy between 2010 and 2012
(excluding sold activities)
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.
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
Access to water for all is a key issue
Global water demand for domestic, agricultural and industrial needs is increasing faster than the population.
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.
Arkema group – partner in the European F3 Factory project
The F3 Factory (Flexible, Fast and Future Factory) is a European project which seeks to create the future of chemical production. Its basic principle is to conserve resources through the use of more efficient processes.
Arkema is a partner in this project which includes 25 industrial chemical firms and major research centers. The following processes are being studied:
- solvent-free polymers,
- new generation surfactants,
- compounds for the pharmaceutical and cosmetics industries,
- increased use of renewable raw materials.
F3 Factory is a four year project with a budget of approximately €30 million.