Optimizing consumption of our resources
Arkema contributes to global efforts to conserve natural resources. A number of CSR programs are in place to reduce its energy consumption, optimize its processes, and limit its use of water, in order to minimize its consumption of non-renewable raw materials.
A better use of energy
The Group has been ISO 50001 accredited since November 2014. This ISO 50001 certification is gradually being granted to the more energy-intensive sites. As part of a continuous improvement drive, an energy management scheme has been put in place, and energy performance audits are carried out.
To date, 22 of the Group’s manufacturing sites have been awarded the ISO 50001 certification while a further 9 have initiated the certification process.
Arkenergy, a program designed to bring energy consumption under control
cut net energy purchases by 15% a year
Arkema’s objective is to reduce by 15% on average per year its net energy purchasing expressed in EFPI (Environmental Footprint Performance Indicator) by 2025, from a 2012 baseline.
Accordingly, the Group is rolling out the Arkenergy program across its subsidiaries and industrial sites by relying on a global network of energy leaders.
Arkenergy entails three main points:
- Continuous efforts to optimize energy consumption and costs from the design and purchasing of equipment to the daily operation of plants;
- Roll-out of an energy management scheme designed to systematically implement virtuous operational practices, as well as define targets suited to each site and review these periodically;
- Compliance with laws, regulations and other requirements applicable to energy efficiency.
Conserving fossil resources
Energy conservation is a major issue for our world and for future generations. Resources of fossil fuels (oil, gas, uranium), used for transportation and domestic heating, were built up over hundreds of millions of years. These reserves are now being depleted.
In order to conserve fossil resources while addressing the growing needs of people, Arkema favors the use of renewable raw materials. Conserving non-renewable raw materials for production is a key precept for the Arkema Group. Every new plant is designed on the basis of a study into optimizing its processes and raising its efficiency. Such new manufacturing processes reduce the amount of raw materials required.
Furthermore, by offering innovative solutions in the field of new energies, Arkema plays its part in helping to save our planet’s fossil resources.
Conserving water resources
Arkema contributes to better access to water for all, and also improves its production practices to minimize its water consumption by:
- Implementing methods for reducing consumption
- Using closed circuit cooling systems
Various actions are in place based on local constraints and on the sites’ specific activities:
- Installation of flowmeters;
- Introduction of leak detection programs;
- Modifying technologies;
- Upgrading fire-fighting circuits;
- Recovering rainwater;
- Recycling washwater and boiler condensates.
Introduced in 2016, the Optim'O program aims to trim 15% off the costs of water supply, purification and treatment. The program will also lower the chemical oxygen demand — COD, regulated by environmental standards — of effluents by an average of 20%. Both by 2025.
At the 30 Arkema plants with the highest water use or COD, an initial baseline inventory was begun in 2016 to quantify all water flows by activity and usage. It identified a wide range of improvements, from locating and repairing leaks to closed-circuit cooling, and specified a timetable for implementing them. A similar process will be conducted at 40 other plants in 2017.