Innovations to act against water pollution
Engaged in the fight against water pollution, the Arkema group mobilizes its research capabilities to address issues relating to water quality and access to water. The Group is developing effective treatment and filtration solutions to help respond to UN's sustainable developement goals (SGD 6) "Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all".
Products for water treatment
Water treatment is a major focus of research for the Arkema group. Its major products and solutions for this field are fluoropolymer membranes Kynar®.
The Group also markets various other products with applications in water treatment:
- Acrylic acid is used to make polyacrylates that serve as flocculants for suspended solids removal in water treatment plants.
- Hydrogen peroxide is used to lower the chemical oxygen demand of an effluent. The Arkema group received the Pierre Potier Prize in 2011 for its innovative process to remove sulfur-containing residues from industrial effluents using hydrogen peroxide. This is a “clean” reagent par excellence: it has the advantage of generating neither treatment sludge nor toxic by-products – simply water and oxygen.
- Rilsan® Fine Powders have been selected by many cities for their strength, stability and low friction coefficient (better flow) as a lining for drinking water mains and wastewater treatment installations.
Water for everybody: a global priority
Arkema is the main sponsor of the Sail for Water association as part of the latter’s mission to "Take action to support universal access to clean drinking water". In the face of the global issue of water quality, the Group has decided to support this fledgling NGO and lend it its support by supplying water filter cartridges.
The challenge of universal access to water
Today, just over one-third of the world’s population lives in regions plagued by scarce water resources.
According to the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), water shortages are likely to become much more acute by 2050. The Organization’s model, IMPACT, predicts that most countries in the Middle East and North Africa will be facing severe water shortages by that time.
In its resolution of July 28, 2010, the United Nations General Assembly declared the right to safe and clean drinking water as a
However, nearly 800 million people in the world lack secure access to clean drinking water, according to the United Nations. And where access is available, the quality of the service varies greatly in different regions of the world. The difficulty of securing access to water will become more acute in the years ahead due to population growth, the increase of the regions with water stress and the many competing needs for water (domestic uses, agriculture, industry).
The Arkema group is also acting in favor of water access by reducing its own water consumption. This indicator is monitored and the Arkema group regularly invests to decrease its water demand.